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Sister Sure Abducted Brother Is Safe

The sister of one of the 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers held captive by the Syrian rebel group al-Nusra, is confident that her brother is safe. Alena Besetimoala, a teacher at
05 Sep 2014 08:09
Sister Sure Abducted Brother Is Safe
Garbage lying on the roadside in Valelevu on January 13, 2020. Photo: Shalveen Chand

The sister of one of the 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers held captive by the Syrian rebel group al-Nusra, is confident that her brother is safe.

Alena Besetimoala, a teacher at Veiuto Primary School, in Suva said she and the rest of her family had faith the 45 soldiers were well.

“When I heard of the incident on the news I was shocked and a little lost when my mother contacted me later on to tell me that my brother was amongst the captured soldiers.

“But we have faith in us because we serve a living God whom we believe will continue to protect them. We believe the soldiers are safe,” Ms Besetimoala said.

She said nothing prepared their family for what has happened to his brother since it was his first tour overseas.

“My father is also a military officer and is currently serving in Iraq which is his seventh or eighth deployment overseas but was never caught up in such a situation,”

“This is a totally new experience for us and we are trying to be brave about it although it gets hard since he’s the only brother amongst the five siblings,” Ms Besetimoala said.

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