Over 200 people attend prayer vigil for detained Fijian soldiers
NFP Party Leader Biman Chand Prasad lighting candles at the peace vigil on Tuesday
President of the Methodist Church and members of the NFP seated at the Centenary Church.
NFP’s Dr Eci Nabalarua lighting candles at the vigil.
More than 200 people from all walks of life attended a prayer vigil at the Centenary Church to pray for the 45 Fijian peacekeepers who are currently held captive by the Al Nusra group in Syria.
Tears flowed as the people observed a moment of silence and hold prayers.
President elect of the Methodist Church Reverend Tevita Nawadra said the lighting of the 45 candles and the prayers are to reflect on the safe return of soldiers, be in solidarity with their families and pray for all who serve the cause of the people.
27 years old Nia Waqavonovono, the wife of one of the Fijian soldiers detained said she hopes that her husband will return home safely.
The prayer vigil was attended by members of the Fiji Council of Churches, the Assembly of Christian churches and the wider Christian community and other faith groups.
Also present at the Centenary church were some family and friends of the 45 soldiers, NFP leader Dr Biman Prasad and People’s Democratic Party President Lynda Tabuya.