27 Oct 2004

Fiji civilians lining up for work in Iraq

2:10 pm on 27 October 2004

The agent for a firm recruiting in Fiji for work in Iraq say they're sending 850 civilians there, at the end of next week.

Timoci Lolohea, the Fiji agent for a Kuwait-based firm known as the Public Warehousing Company, says there's huge interest in the work, which pays up to three thousand eight hundred US dollars a month.

Mr Lolohea says people from Fiji will provide logistics support, including supplying food, clothing and fuel, for U.S. government operations throughout Iraq.

He says they will be based in Kuwait and go to Iraq as required and people are queuing up to go.

"The financial situation for most of the families who want to go and work in Kuwait are not so good at the moment in Fiji, it does not look good in Fiji but this is an opportunity that will uplift their living standard and of course it can also bulge their pockets."

More than 140 people from Fiji are already working in Iraq on private security duties for Global Risk Strategies, and 160 military peacekeepers are to leave soon.