Samoa sends five peacekeepers

Five police officers from the Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) have been deployed to South Sudan on a one-year peacekeeping mission under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (U.N.M.I.S.S.).

The officers are Senior Sergeant Misipele Fiatau, Sergeant Mose Lotomau, Corporal Leone Filemu, Corporal Eliu Iakopo and Corporal Ainea Uiese.

During a farewell ceremony, Police Commissioner Fuiava Egon Keil congratulated the officers for making it through the tough selection process.

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Fuiava said that they should learn and gain the experience at their deploying destination and reminded them of their roles as ambassadors of Samoa serving under the leadership of the U.N. 

“Today, these police officers continue to write the S.P.S. proud story of service to our country,” Fuiava said in a press statement. 

“It is a great honour and a privilege for the S.P.S. to take part in the U.N. mission for being those whose service will make South Sudan a better and safer place for their people. 

“We hope that the words expressed today (yesterday) are but a small down payment on our lifelong debt of gratitude to our deploying officers and to your families.” 

Fuiava told the officers they are truly the unsung heroes of Samoa’s national security. 

“We salute you for your service to Samoa. We look forward to your return to your families and to a warm S.P.S. homecoming. Until then, our prayers will be with you and good Lord our God keep you safe in His loving arms.”

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