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Lewa Remembers Siga On Rememberance Day

Former soldier, Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Qoriniasi Lewa usually remembers Eparama Siga, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ (RFMF) first victim in peacekeeping mission, on Remembrance Day. He related
09 Oct 2014 00:06
Lewa Remembers Siga On Rememberance Day

Former soldier, Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Qoriniasi Lewa usually remembers Eparama Siga, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ (RFMF) first victim in peacekeeping mission, on Remembrance Day.

He related his story to the Fiji Sun during the launch of the Poppy Appeal at Suva’s Lower Civic Centre by the Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva.

Mr Siga who hailed fron Vanuavatu in Lau died in Lebanon in 1978 when he fell from a vehicle he was travelling in.

Mr Lewa, was a ration clerk then, said he was very close to Mr Siga.

His connection with Mr Siga was that he was brought up in Lakeba, Lau even though he is originally from Kocoma, Qamea.

He said a day before the incident, they had talked about life in Fiji and he (Mr Siga) talked about how he missed his family in Lautoka.

On the day of the incident, they brought Mr Siga to where they were and he just grasped Mr Lewa’s hand.

“Siga just called out his wife’s name and his final request was for me to relay his love to her,” Mr Lewa said.

He was taken to Israel for treatment and according to Mr Lewa, that was the last, they saw each other.

A day after Mr Siga was transferred for medical treatment, they went for their ration to Israel.

“When we passed the area they (Israel) guarded we saw their flag at half mast.”

Mr Lewa asked them and they relayed the story of the death of a Fijian soldier named Siga.

“I was really shocked and I told our driver to return immediately to our camp in Lebanon.”

They returned he said without their rations.

Mr Lewa said they had to ask the soldiers from New Zealand to share their rations with them which they agreed.

He said he had lost a faithful friend and what really hurt him was they were away from home.

When he returned from the first peacekeeping in Lebanon, he visited Mr Siga’s family to relay his request.

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