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Anxious Vatanitawake Family Reunites With Dad

Anxious Vatanitawake Family Reunites With Dad
Pvt Mosese Vatanitawake with his children (from left), Seresaini, Junior and Manasa Vatanitawake yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 13
16:16 2015

It  was a year ago when 45 Fijian soldiers were detained and later released by the Al Nusra Front militants in Syria. Among the men was Private Mosese Vatanitawake, who arrived back in Fiji this month to meet for the first time, his youngest son.

“I thank the Lord for my family,” he said.

His wife and children were there to welcome him home after being separated for a year.

Sereana Vatanitawake, his wife, could still recall the two weeks when her husband was held.

“During those difficult times when he was detained, I was 9-months pregnant and  almost due,”  she said.

Anxious about her husband’s safety, Mrs Vatanitawake’s delivery was problematic. However, the relief that followed the news of their release helped her delivery and she gave birth to their son.

Private Vakanitawake was awarded a General Service Medal, which is awarded to all soldiers who fully complete their first year of Tour of Duty (TOD).

Mrs Vatanitawake and her children travelled all the way from Namara in Kadavu to welcome and congratulate their dad.


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