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Living on a prayer

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, September 04, 2014

LIKE any other mother Litia Rabuli of Bulileka in Labasa yearns for one thing and that is the safe return of her son.

Her 21-year-old son PTE Iosefo Vilolo is believed to be the youngest Fijian soldier being detained by Al-Nusra in Syria over the past six days.

An emotional Mrs Rabuli said it was difficult for her to embrace the news last Friday and was depending on God to deliver the 45 soldiers to safety.

"I was helpless when I was informed of the news last Friday night," she said.

"Prior to this, Iosefo was constantly calling his older sister in Savusavu and apologising to her for selling her tablet without her consent. He was trying to get in touch with me but couldn't because of some network problem.

"He was sharing to his sister about the turmoil they have been encountering and all of a sudden, their conversation was cut short. We tried contacting him again but couldn't get through.

"When the news broke out on Friday morning about the captured Fijian soldiers, I went to my prayer corner and started praying. I didn't even know who all were detained but because they were Fijians, my heart went out to them.

"Later on Friday night upon returning from church, I received a call from the RFMF and was informed that Iosefo was one of the soldiers captured. I stood helplessly, not knowing what to do.

"It's not easy for a mother to hear this sort of news. I am here with my youngest daughter with some relatives and I continue to trust in the Lord. Prayers have constantly been offered to Him by the people of this country and the whole world and I know He is listening. I know that God is not ignoring all our prayers.

"With this, we also have to believe that they will return safely. To all the families of the detainees, please be strong for them because that's what I am doing right now. I have faith that my son will come back to me."

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