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Crisis centre for soldiers' families

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, August 31, 2014

A crisis management centre has been set up to assist families of the 44 Fijian soldiers being held by Syrian rebels.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga said the centre, located at the Officer's School in Vatuwaqa, would have all the information and other things required for families to familiarise themselves with the situation in Syria.

"I sympathise with the families of those that are directly affected and today (yesterday) the RFMF will set up a local crisis centre.

"I urge all family members that want to come to this centre to come down, we will have all the logistics set up for it.

"There will be some psychology counsellors here to provide some materials that will help the family members.

"We urge family members not to keep to themselves the difficulties they may be going through and this is why we set up this counselling centre to help the family members better understand the situation and also deal with the difficulty they maybe facing in the uncertainty of their loved ones."

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said it was a priority of the RFMF to provide the support they could give the family members of those who were directly affected.

He also urged all Fijians to continue thinking about those who are affected and keep them in our thoughts as they go through this difficult period.

Family members can contact the centre on 3385272. The centre was open from 1pm yesterday.

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