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Ravitaki Lass Steps Up To Peacekeeping

After serving in violence-hit Middle East areas, 28-year-old Corporal Repeka Tagica has acquired battle hardened instincts. The Muani, Ravitaki, lass of Kadavu had gotten better acquainted with war zone areas
26 Aug 2016 08:53
Ravitaki Lass Steps Up To Peacekeeping
Corporal Repeka Tagica and private Liku Matavore of the RFMF at the Delta Coy camp in Nadi . Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

After serving in violence-hit Middle East areas, 28-year-old Corporal Repeka Tagica has acquired battle hardened instincts.

The Muani, Ravitaki, lass of Kadavu had gotten better acquainted with war zone areas after her first assignment in Sinai in 2011 and then progressed to the highly volatile Golan Heights in 2013.

“In this instance we are based in war zone areas where there are a lot of movements of battles. We just have to be ready for it,” she said with a grin.

Since being recruited in 2009, Corporal Tagica said during these times she tends to forget she is a woman with the challenge to serve to the best of her ability.

Getting ready at the Black Rock in Nadi for the past few weeks, Corporal Tagica was set for her departure yesterday to take part in her third deployment.

“I have been in the force for the last five years and it has been a fulfilling career for me,” she said.

Before Corporal Tagica joined the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) she undertook a Diploma in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the Fiji National University as a full time student. She hopes to complete it in the future.

She is one of the four women included in the second group of 100 RFMF peacekeepers leaving as part of the regular rotation of the Fijian contingent.

Private Liku Matavore, of Rukurukulevu, Cuvu, Nadroga is looking forward to her tour of duty.

The 22-year-old was among the batch who had their term in Sinai cut short because of so called ISIS attacks and growing violence earlier this year.

“I am really looking forward to this tour and looking forward to complete the task with ease,” she said.

Private Matavore said she would miss her home and her family, but she hoped their prayers would keep her covered and take her through.

They are part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel.

The troops boarded the United Nation charted Jordan Aviation aircraft at the Nadi International Airport.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 



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