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Husbands, Fathers, Sons Safe

The Families and relatives of the 45 UN Fijian peacekeepers who were captured by al-Nusra Front are relieved and happy that their husbands, fathers and sons have been released. The
13 Sep 2014 13:46
Husbands, Fathers, Sons Safe

The Families and relatives of the 45 UN Fijian peacekeepers who were captured by al-Nusra Front are relieved and happy that their husbands, fathers and sons have been released.

The soldiers who were held captive by the group for two weeks were handed back to UNDOF yesterday morning in good health and proceeded back to camp for medical assessments.

Captain Savenaca Siwatibau Rabuka’s wife, Fulori Rabuka, yesterday said it was a big relief to finally hear her husband’s voice when he called her around 3am yesterday.

“The first week I was coming to Vatuwaqa but on Friday I gave up. I said it was no use going because every time I’d go they are always telling me the same thing – that they cannot be located. I cried out to the Lord and said ‘You know where they are and that when someone cries out you hear their prayers,’” Ms Rabuka said.

Pregnant with their fourth child she said even when the video from the al-Nusra group was released she still felt uncertain and would only believe that her husband was alright if he called her.

“They called me around 12am yesterday and assured me at that moment they were kept in Israel and trucks were sent over to where they were, and they told me that he would likely contact me after half an hour and at exactly 3am my phone rang and all I could say was thank you Lord my husband is okay,” Ms Rabuka said.

Meanwhile, Silomeci Taraki, 52, wife of Corporal Manasa Taraki of the Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) said she was happy to finally speak to her husband.

“I was overjoyed and relieved to talk to him this morning and he informed me that they were safe and in good health,” Ms Taraki said.

She was surprised when her husband informed her that it was an emotional time for the members of the al-Nusra Front when they released our men.

“He told me that the members of the al-Nusra group actually cried when they said goodbye to our soldiers, it’s just amazing when we think of it,” Ms Taraki said.

She thanked all those who supported her and her family during the difficult time.

“First I would like to thank all my relatives, army wives and friends who took time out to visit me and support me. I would also like to thank members of all different religions who remembered the soldiers and families in their prayers,” Ms Taraki said.

Sereseini Ragigia, a relative of Private Mosese Vatanitawake has thanked the al-Nusra group for releasing the Fijian soldiers.

“We haven’t made any contact with him yet but we were so relieved when we heard and saw the news on the internet,” Ms Ragigia said.

Feedback:ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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