From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Defence Lay Fallen Peacekeepers to Rest
By Aruna Turay
Aug 17, 2010, 17:08

The remains of the four gallant personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) who lost their precious lives while serving in a peace mission in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur will be laid to rest today at the Lumley Military War Graves after a funeral service at the Wilberforce Hockey Pitch in Freetown.

The 4 soldiers, SL 1247 Lieutenant Sahr Lebbie; 18166947 Sergeant Emmanuel Koroma; 18177897 Lance Corporal Adikali Bangura and 18170284 Lance Corporal Ballah Marah met their untimely death in a road accident in Darfur two weeks ago in a convoy that was escorting the Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR) of the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Mr. Mohamed Yunis. 

The remains of the peacekeepers which were flown back home over the weekend on board Kenya Airways flight wrapped in the national colours (Green, White and Blue) were received at the Lungi International Airport by the  Minister of Defense Major Retired Alfred Paolo Conteh.


Consoling the officers and men, family members and sympathizers at the airport, Rtd. Major Paolo Conteh called on them to be courageous and believe in the will of God.

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