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Son’s Safe Return From Golan Heights Fills Mum With Joy

  Tupou Silimaibau was overcome with joy as she happily greeted her 26-year-old son, Sergeant Inoke Vuetiviti Biumaikabara, at Nadi on Friday night Biumaikabara was one of the 120 Republic
20 Oct 2019 12:52
Son’s Safe Return From Golan Heights Fills Mum With Joy
Tupou Silimaibau and her son, Inoke Vuetiviti Biumaikabara at Nadi internatiional Airport on October 18, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

 

Tupou Silimaibau was overcome with joy as she happily greeted her 26-year-old son, Sergeant Inoke Vuetiviti Biumaikabara, at Nadi on Friday night

Biumaikabara was one of the 120 Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel who returned home from a one-year tour of duty in the Golan Heights under the United Nations Disengagement Force (UNDOF).

Mrs Silimaibau said it was a different experience for her as a mother to leave a child for a long period of time.

“This is the first trip for my son to the Golan Heights,” she said.

“His dad is also a military officer and I didn’t even cry much when my husband leaves for a mission like I cried last year when my son left.

“I have nine children and we did not ever leave each other for this long. It was a different experience altogether as a mother to be away from your child.

“Each day I leave his life in the hands of God. I am a happy mother today to see my son arrive home in good health and I thank God for that,” Mrs Silimaibau said.

Similarly, it was a happy reunion day for Corporal Surend Singh who could not hold back his tears of joy when he met up with his only son, Samir Singh,.

The one year of separation, while he was on a tour of duty, was soon forgotten.

Corporal Singh was among 120 RFMF who personnel arrived at the Nadi International Airport on Friday night after serving their one-year at the Golan Heights.

There was also greater expectation from his son and wife Susana Singh during an emotional welcome for both upon his arrival.

“Fathers are providers in a family and for this one year it was not easy when my husband was away and I had to take care of our family,” Mrs Singh said.

“We have only one son and he misses his dad every day. He looked forward to meeting his dad so when they met, he started to cry. I believe it was a tear of joy. His dad just came and hugged him,” Mrs Singh said.

Corporal Singh said it was one of the happiest moments for him to meet his family, especially his only son.

Susana Singh, Samir Singh (son) and Corporal Surend Singh at the Nadi International Airport on October 18, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Susana Singh, Samir Singh (son) and Corporal Surend Singh at the Nadi International Airport on October 18, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

On the other hand, for Rusiate Nabunobuno it was not too difficult to leave his family back at home.

He, however,  acknowledged God’s grace for the protection and guidance that he and his colleagues needed to be able to safely accomplish their mission.

“We learned to be composed to overcome all obstacles,” Mr Nabunobuno said.

Rusiate Nabunobuno with family members at the Nadi International Airport on October 18, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Rusiate Nabunobuno with family members at the Nadi International Airport on October 18, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Edited by Percy Kean

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