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Mother prays for son's safety

Mere Naleba
Saturday, August 30, 2014

A WOMAN whose son is being held captive in the Golan Heights says all she can do is pray for his safety.

The woman who wishes to remain anonymous said her eldest son was one of the 44 Fijian troops captured by a rebel group.

With tears in her eyes, the mother said although she was sad about her son she was thankful that other family members also in the Golan Heights were safe.

"I have been praying and fasting whole day, and all I feel right now is a sense of peace because I know that my son will be fine," the mother said.

She said she was notified of her son being in captivity by other family members in Golan Heights on Thursday night and was formally notified by the Republic of Fiji Military Force yesterday.

"All I can do now is pray for divine intervention and I pray that God's peace be with the families of those that are also being held captive in Syria," she said.

She explained this was her son's first tour of duty on peacekeeping duties.

The wife of another soldier who is based in another camp located closely to Position 27 where the Fiji troops were captured said all she could do yesterday was join hands with other family members in praying for the safety of their loved ones.

The wife of that soldier said military life was such that they had to keep smiling even when faced with the gravest danger.

She said she received a call from her husband and was emotional when she heard her son was safe.

The 44 soldiers are part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).


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