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Young Nanise Reunites With Dad

  Young Nanise Kobanalagi was the happiest daughter yesterday when she was surprised to see her father return from peacekeeping duties. The five-year-old Kobanalagi had stood in front of her
12 May 2017 11:00
Young Nanise Reunites With Dad
Lance Corporal Savenaca Raicama (standing second from right) with family members and relatives at Nadi International Airport on May 11, 2017. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

 

Young Nanise Kobanalagi was the happiest daughter yesterday when she was surprised to see her father return from peacekeeping duties.

The five-year-old Kobanalagi had stood in front of her mother, Mereseini Karavaki, and her two other siblings Atunaisa, 10, and Sailosi at Nadi International Airport waiting patiently, but without a clue as to who they were waiting for.

Not knowing that her father, Private Sailosi Kobanalagi of Kubuna Village, Nadroga, was coming out of the arrival terminal, she kept asking her mother whom were they waiting for.

Her mother, knowing that she was close to her dad, played out the entire scene as a big surprise. Private Kobanalagi was deployed for a year of service with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai.

When young Nanise did see her father she ran over and jumped into her father’s arms and hugged him. The love between the father and daughter was apparent to everyone in the lobby.

Ms Karavaki said: “My eldest son is the only one who knows their dad is coming today. She is very close to the dad.”

Ms Karavaki said it was a challenge having her husband away from home for one year and having to raise three children on her own.

She was grateful for that opportunity because it made her strong.

“This is the third time that my husband has been deployed and returned, I am just happy he is back safe and the children are happy, which I cannot ask for more,” she said.

“There are challenges, but we face it and come out of it victorious and we thank God for his guidance and provision in the lives of my family.”

Private Kobanalagi was overwhelmed seeing the family together and was looking forward to spend time with them.

He was among 32 peacekeepers who arrived yesterday while 28 Fijian peacekeepers left the country on Wednesday.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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