July 02, 2013

Fearless women ready for the worst

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SHE is not scared although she knows death will stare at her in the face at the Golan Heights.
And the 38-year-old staff nurse at the Intensive Care Unit at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva considers herself lucky to be one of 182 military personnel who are part of this peacekeeping mission.
Lucy Cirikiyasawa is one of the medical personnel in the contingent and will supplement existing UN medical team for the UNDOF mission.
Her family gathered in front of the Flea Market yesterday to bid her farewell.
With excitement, Ms Cirikiyasawa said: "I am lucky to be chosen to be part of this trip.
"Although I know that we will be faced with danger, I am not scared at all."
Other nurses who are part of the troops hugged their children before boarding the bus.
Families wished Ms Cirikiyasawa well and told her to return home safely.
For Inosi Naibogibogi, prayers and God's word will be the best weapon for his son — Lieutenant Eminoni Naibogibogi — in the buffer zone.
Mr Naibogibogi sat on a chair looking at the sky when asked how he felt about his son being deployed to the Middle East.
"This is not his first trip. He's been to Iraq, Sinai and was in China for six months with a training academy. All they need is our prayers and I am happy for him," Mr Naibogibogi said.
The 182 soldiers led by Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho flew out of Fiji early today.

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