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Soldiers Home From Sinai

A group of soldiers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces arrived at the Nadi International Airport yesterday from peacekeeping duties with the Multinational Force and Observer (MFO) mission in
18 May 2015 08:41
Soldiers Home From Sinai
From left: Alumeci Ledua, Bulou Wainiqolo, Jiowalesi Tuka, Jone Wainiqolo with Silipa Wainiqolo and Aliti Mario at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

A group of soldiers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces arrived at the Nadi International Airport yesterday from peacekeeping duties with the Multinational Force and Observer (MFO) mission in the Sinai after a year.

A total of 49 soldiers from lift three of chalk two were glad to be home and to be able to see their families welcome them home.

Most of the returning soldiers said a year on tour of duty away from their families and loved ones was difficult, along with the challenges they faced.

Despite all odds, not only the soldiers, but the wives, parents and children stayed tough to survive the 12 months.

Private Jone Wainiqolo went on his second tour of duty ever since he joined the military and was happy to see his wife.

“I am so happy to be back to my family, my wife and my two children and I am so proud to be in the force that I wish to go on more duties,” he said.

“It is good to join the force because it takes you out into the world to see life in other countries and I am happy to be part of it.”

His wife Bulou Wainiqolo says life was difficult in the past year, but she managed to cope well.

“Since we had the means of communication such as skype and facebook, it made things much better for us,” she said.

“Now that he is back we are all looking forward to the family time with just the four of us.”

Military engineer Isikeli Kama took his second tour of duty after 14 years from his first tour in East Timor in 2001.

“It is very tough because we have to leave our family, but we are very lucky that we have skype and facebook,” he said.

“Back then soldiers did not have technology and letters were written across, but now we are able to communicate daily.

“The only thing that kept us was the strings, we socialised and we worked together,” said the soldier from Tailevu.

His wife Kalisita Kama, who travelled from Nasekula in Labasa to greet her husband on arrival, was very happy.

A pharmacist by profession, Ms Kama was delighted to know that her responsibilities with her three children can now be shared.

“It was very tough, but God gave us the peace and God kept us together this long and we are grateful to that,” she said.

“Working long hours and adjusting time with my children was difficult, so I am glad he is back to help with some responsibilities.”

Their youngest son Juda Kama, who is four years old, has been staying with his grandparents in Suva and was excited to see his parents.

“We have checked into a hotel to spend some time together before we fly to Labasa on Monday because I resume work on Tuesday,” she said.

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