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27 Soldiers Back From Sinai

Another group of soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces have returned home from peacekeeping duties in Sinai. The RFMF received 27 soldiers yesterday at the Nadi International Airport.
25 Apr 2015 10:42
27 Soldiers Back From Sinai
Glad to be back home (from Left): Aminiasi Vuase, Peniasi Vunilagi, Setareki Koroilagilagi and Sekaia Cuanikeli at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

Another group of soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces have returned home from peacekeeping duties in Sinai.

The RFMF received 27 soldiers yesterday at the Nadi International Airport. Following their arrival, the soldiers were addressed by Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.

Colonel Qiliho commended the soldiers for their dedication and hard work in the 12 months of their tour of duty.

Major Lepani Damuni, who lead the chalk to Sinai and back, spoke about the situation.

“There are a lot of militant activities; there is a lot of clashes between the Egyptian armed forces and the militants,” he said.

“Then maybe the Islamic state in Sinai and Hamas, there is a lot of militant groups involved in it. At the moment it is still between the Egyptian armed Forces and the militants so the Multinational Force of Observation is not involved in that conflict. Sometimes it is really tough out there but the men coped well there despite being away from family.”

Major Damuni is glad to be back home alive and looking forward to spending some time with the family at home.

“In my family I have my wife and kids and my mother who are eagerly waiting for me in Suva. I’ve been with the military for over 25 years now and I am proud to be a part of it and to serve the nation,” he said.

Private Sekaia Cuanikeli of Narere in Suva said: “I missed my family, relatives and the Fijian food while I was away and I am glad to be back home.”

Corporal Setareki Koroilagilagi said: “I missed my family, the food and my three kids.

“I had left for Sinai when my third child was born so I am looking forward to seeing my baby for the first time. One year on TOD away from the family is not easy so we finally get to meet now.

Private Semisoni Moceicakau from Nakaile Village in Tailevu said: “I missed my family, my friends and the food and I am so glad to be home now as life there (Sinai) can be rough sometimes.

“I have three brothers and two sisters who are older than me and my parents who are eagerly waiting for me.”

Private Filipe Navatoga of Bukuya Village in Magodro, Ba, said: “I am very happy to come back and see them especially my parents. This is my first TOD from my three years in the Fiji Military and I am happy to be a part of this force.”

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