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Families visit RFMF Crisis Management Centre

September 1, 2014 7:03 pm

Families of the forty five Fijians detained in Syria have been turning up at RFMF Crisis Management Centre in Vatuwaqa, Suva hoping to find more information about their loved ones.

17 year old, Niumaia Romala Junior says his father, is among the forty five soldiers captured by militants of the Al Nusra Front.

Romala’s father has served with military for fourteen years and left for peacekeeping duties in the Golan Heights last month.

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He says this is a trying time for him and his family.

“But the military officers have told us that they all are kept nicely. They are given food and water and everything is ok.”

Marika Balawakula and his wife are seeking answers about their son, Viliame.

Balawakula says his son is a brave soldier and while the news of his capture has the family worried, they are finding some relief in knowing that he is alive and is well looked after.

“Before he went he told us that if anything happens, its part of life. So why we are here today is just to clarify the news that has been going around, now we are satisfied with what we have heard from inside that the officers are taken care by those who have captured them.”

Distraught family members of the detained troops are praying for their safe release.

The RFMF is providing counseling services at the Crisis Management Centre and doing all it can to help the families cope in this difficult time.

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