‘Be proud to represent your country’


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It has been one month since British Prime Minister David Cameron sent a Navy warship to the Philippines to aid with the typhoon disaster yet more support is still needed for the South Asian islands.

HMS Daring was launched in November, with more than 200 military personnel involved in the relief operation, in the country which already has more than 10,000 pronounced dead since Typhoon Haiyan.

Local Leeds resident, Mohammed Saddique, whose father served in the Merchant Navy between 1903 and 1949, believes the aid is crucial for the Asian country and said it is something his father would have been proud to be involved with.

He said: “My father, Goolam Hussein Bawa, was so dedicated to the Merchant Navy and eventually died during service in Karachi in 1949.

“He never cared about the long hours and money – he just wanted to serve in the Merchant Navy. This is what the current troops are doing and we can be very proud of that, I know my father would be.”

Mr Hussain survived at least one sinking during the Second World War and was even involved in recruiting soldiers from his homeland in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Mr Saddique says he is very proud of his father’s service and hopes the example that was set by him throughout the beginning of the 20th century lasts long in the memories of current recruits.

He said: “If he was alive today, he would have constantly spoken about his pride in serving the British Armed Forces and how important it is for all servicemen to lead by example in the role.

“I told him that I will try my best to make him proud through telling his story and informing younger generations of the love they should have for each other. Regardless of backgrounds, regardless of where it is in the world, we should always be willing to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”

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