21 Aug 2019

Fijian woman peacekeeper wins UN award in Syria

7:11 pm on 21 August 2019

A female Fijian soldier has won an award from the United Nations for actions above and beyond the call of duty while serving in Syria.

Twenty-four year old Private Maria Bogi received the UN's Force Commander's Commendation award along with nine other soldiers.

Ms Bogi said she felt honoured and did not expect to hear her name called out at the ceremony.

"I call on all women out there to never give up on your dreams and always work towards what you want in life because one day you will achieve it" she said.

Soldiers of the 6th Fiji Battalion in Syria were also acknowledged for their work during a medal presentation officiated by UNDOF Commander Major-General Shivaram Kharel.