From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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Sierra Leone Soldiers Land Home Peacefully
By Augustine Samba
Aug 25, 2010, 17:06

At least 125 Soldiers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) who were the first batch of the Sierra Leone Sector Reconnaissance Company that served the United Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan have returned home since Monday 23rd August 2010 and have already been replaced by the second batch .

In an interview with Major Alimamy B. Seisay who was the Second-in-command of the troops in Darfur, said he had a colorful experience together with his Men while serving the UN Mission. He also expressed sadness over the death of the five Soldiers who died in accident and the Female Soldier who died as a result of sickness. He also maintained that his men courageously accomplished their duties excellently. He informed that, their relationship with the People of Sudan in Darfur was very Cordial and that, his forces visited many places that had been no-go areas for the UN peacekeeping forces.

He informed that, during their operation in Darfur, they were very cordial with the Sierra Leone Police and the entire UN peacekeeping Mission. He further revealed that, his men were deployed at Nyala, Southern Darfur. He expressed confidence in the RSLAF and commended the American Soldiers and the IMMAT Officers for their great assistance that is currently boosting the army to meet up with international peacekeeping duties.

The returned officers were highly honored at the Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown for bringing Laurels to the Country. There was also a formal affair at the forecourt of the Law Courts with a colourful parade that saw members of the Judiciary like Justices Tolla Thompson and Vivian Solomon and Master Elwyn Bailor in attendance.

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