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Troops Arrive From Baghdad

Simione Morisi, 42, orginally from Navosa, was among soldiers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) troops who returned home yesterday from Baghdad, Iraq. The troops were met by
21 May 2015 08:14
Troops Arrive From Baghdad
Simione Morisi (left), and Katarina Morisi with their daughter at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Simione Morisi, 42, orginally from Navosa, was among soldiers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) troops who returned home yesterday from Baghdad, Iraq.

The troops were met by family members, friends and RFMF officers at Nadi International Airport.

Mr Morisi said he was assigned as part of the Fijian  contingent making up the United Nations Guard Force for Baghdad in 2013 and was thankful to have reached Fiji safely.

“We spent an extra one year and six months, but my family was the one thing I missed. My youngest daughter was born when I was still that side, now she’s one-year-five months,”he said

His wife Katarina, 39, said she was equally ecstatic for her husband’s return.

“I’m feeling happy and excited to see him back. I missed him when he was away. We have four kids and today I brought the youngest and it’s great to have him back,” she said.

Meanwhile, Tevita Moimoi, 55, of Lomanikoro, Rewa, was also overjoyed to meet his family.

“After serving there, there’s no change in the atmosphere. It’s still chaotic, but our service to our country carries on,” Mr Moimoi said.

“Whenever we go for tour of duty for a long time, we miss out on what our families are doing, but I thank the Lord for His guidance and protection to help us reach home safely. It was very hard to leave our families.”

His wife Sereana Moimoi, 48, said it was a relief for her to have met her husband again.

The emotional atmosphere was evident as Mr Moimoi embraced his family members.

“I really missed my husband when he was gone because of the family commitments so I had to shoulder everything when he was gone.

“We have four children and one granddaughter. We have come all the way from Suva just to welcome him and three of our children are here with me. They are excited,” she said.

“We feel relieved that they have touched down despite the situation they faced in Iraq. He is here at last,” she said.

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