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Sinai Troops Glad To Be Home

It was an emotional moment for Laisenia Seru reuniting with his family after spending a year and six months on duty in the Sinai desert with 27 soldiers. The 47-year-old
13 Apr 2015 23:31
Sinai Troops Glad To Be Home

It was an emotional moment for Laisenia Seru reuniting with his family after spending a year and six months on duty in the Sinai desert with 27 soldiers.
The 47-year-old Naivucini, Naitasiri, native could hardly hold back his tears as he embraced family members who were eagerly waiting to see him at the military camp at Nadi yesterday.
The latest rotation of troops comes amidst increasing Sinai activity by Islamic militants opposed to both the Egyptian government and Israel. Fijian troops are part of the Multinational Force and Observers overseeing the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel in Sinai.
“It’s just amazing that I’m able to meet my family again and that I have reached here safely,” he said.
“When I reached the departure lounge and saw my son standing there it was an emotional moment for me since it’s been almost a year that I have been away from my family.”
Mr Seru is originally from the Fiji Police Force and was picked by the RFMF to join the troops as a peacekeeper in the Sinai Peninsula.
“Life in Fiji is calmer compared to the Middle East and that made me miss my family. Most difficulties that we faced were because we were in an Arabian country and we did not know what their intentions were. We had to take precautions each time we went out,” he said.
His wife, Titilia Seru, said she was equally ecstatic to reunite with her husband.
“We are happy that he is back because of what is going on in that side of the world and he always says this is not the Sinai that people usually know before. The atmosphere is different now so I’m glad that he’s home,” she said.
“It was a bit different when he was away as the head of the house, but he used call and Skype us every day. I thank the Lord that we as a family managed to cope while he was away.”
Laisenia Seru, 17, said he felt his father was blessed to have formed a bond of comradeship with the other troops.
“I thank the Lord that my father was blessed to travel with the other troops and that he reached home safely and in good health. The whole family at home will surely be celebrating his arrival with us when we get back,” he said.
Meanwhile, just a short distance away another family was celebrating the arrival of their father.
Corporal Tomasi Qio was overjoyed to meet his family as his children rushed to meet him.
“I’m thankful for the Lord’s protection for that one year I was away. I’m happy to see my two children,” he said.
“When you are away for that long you tend to miss out on a lot of things that your children go through, so I’m looking forward to making up for lost time with my family.”
His wife, Soko Qio, said even though it was a hard for the family during his deployment, the one year eventually went really fast.
“The kids were the reason I was able to get through the time he away and now that my husband is back they are so excited and we can celebrate as a family,” she said.

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