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Two Women Among 13 For UN Peacekeeping Duties

Two women officers who are part of the 13-member Fijian United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) contingent say they are ready for the challenge of policing in
28 Jan 2018 11:00
Two Women Among 13 For UN Peacekeeping Duties
From left: Police Constable Ilisabeta Iliana and Detective Constable Ateshni Ashika Ram. Photo: Police Media Cell

Two women officers who are part of the 13-member Fijian United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) contingent say they are ready for the challenge of policing in a new environment.

UNAMID will be the first tour of duty for Detective Constable Ateshni Ashika Ram and Constable Ilisabeta Iliana.

With the blessings from her family Detective Constable Ateshni, who is based at the Nausori Police Station, said she had prepared well for being away from home for a year.

“I have two children. I will surely miss them. They know that I will be away for a long time. It’s great that they understand the nature of my work which makes me determined to do my very best,” she said.

For Constable Iliana, who has spent the last 11 years in the force, leaving her family and her nine children behind will also be difficult.

“My youngest are three-year-old twin girls and while I have regularly been away for a long period for work, this will be the longest time away from home,” Constable Iliana said.

“I have prepared them well to know that this is the life of a police officer where the call to serve can either be here at home or in a different part of the world.”

The deployment of the two women also means that the Fiji Police Force has continuously met its quota for the number of female officers deployed for various UN missions.

The contingent presented its itatau to Assistant Commissioner of Police Luke Navela, who reminded them of the importance of preserving the image and reputation of the Fiji Police Force and more importantly the country.

“The UN is very strict when it comes to the compliance of its mandates and it is constantly changing so for those of you who have gone on missions before you should know what will be required of you and it is important that you assist those who will be going for the first time”.

“Fly the Fiji flag proudly and don’t do anything that will jeopardise or tarnish our reputation in the peacekeeping world.”

More than 70 Police officers are on deployment at various UN mission areas.

The contingent departed Fiji on Friday night.

Source: Police Media Cell

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