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4 Fallen Soldiers laid to rest today

4 Fallen Soldiers laid to rest today

The bodies of four Sierra Leonean peacekeepers who fell in line of duty in Dafour, Sudan earlier this month were flown back home from Kenya last Sunday 15th August 2010.

The remains of the four soldiers will finally be laid to rest this afternoon at the Military War Graves, Lumbly.

To receive the bodies on Sunday was a high profile government officials including the Minister of Defence, Alfred Pallo Conteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Haja Hawa Zaniab Bangura, Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs, Soccoh Kabia and the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Pat Sowe.

Also, as part of the delegation to receive the corpses at the Lungi International airport were the Chief of Defense Staff, Nelson Williams, Deputy Chief of Defense Staff and Defense Spokesman, Brigadier General Robert Y Koroma and senior officials of the Republic of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces including members of the bereaved families.

Indeed, it was a sad and emotional moment in the Republic of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces following the arrival of the four corpses.

A guard of honour was mounted on their behalf; tears were shed as family members openly wept.

The bodies were conveyed to Freetown in a military van escorted by a contingent of military police personnel. The bodies will be handed over to family members today for burial.

It could be recalled that disaster struck the contingent on the 1st August 2010 whilst escorting the Deputy Joint Special Representative of UNAMID, Mr. Mohamed Yunis who was on a visit to the Sector South Headquarters of the internally displaced camp in Kalma in a vehicle with Registration Number UNAMID 500023, resulting to the death of LT SM Lebbie SLA 1247, RSLAF 18166941, Sergeant Koroma E and Lance Corporal Bangura A.

Four others are in intensive care at the Level 111 Hospital in Khartoum.

Meanwhile, RSLAF has lost a total of five of its personnel in peace keeping in Dafour, Sudan.

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