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Dad's final farewell

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, August 15, 2014

THE only daughter of the late Lenaitasi Rokodi, 47, who was a victim of the July 22 suicide bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan, said the homecoming of her dad's body was not easy to accept.

This is especially so when he had promised her that he was coming home in December to visit her.

Arieta Tupou, 26, however, thanked DynCorp International — the US-based security firm for bringing her dad's body back home despite being killed in a far away land.

Today, the family will celebrate Mr Rokodi's life in a thanksgiving service at their Nakasi home before he is finally laid to rest.

According to the New York Times, a Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four foreign security guards on July 22, steering an explosives-laden motorcycle into an Afghan police compound and past several checkpoints before blowing up in an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp International, a US military contractor.

Miss Tupou said her father last visited them in March and had promised he would be back home in December for his niece's graduation.

"When his friend called at 3am to inform us that there was an emergency, we knew something was wrong," she shared.

"The news of his passing was nothing easy to accept, it came as a surprise to all of us especially when we were just talking the weekend before.

"We will miss him dearly, especially all his characters in being a great friend to most people in the neighbourhood."

She said her father was a family man and had worked for DynCorp International for the past five years.

Mr Rokodi will be laid to rest at the Nasinu Cemetery today.

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