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Remember the Fallen

Sudan (Darfur), 5 August 2011

A UN peacekeeper with the joint UN-African Union force in Darfur (UNAMID) was killed, and a second peacekeeper was wounded when unidentified gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying five UNAMID troops in the village of Duma, northeast of Nyala, Sudan.

A UN helicopter landing in Abyei in May 2011.

In 2010, in Nyala, Sudan, peacekeepers carried the coffin of
an Egyptian peacekeeper with UNAMID who was killed in an
ambush.   (UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran)

The killing, which occurred little more than a month after a UNAMID peacekeeper was shot and killed in West Darfur, brought to 30 the number of UNAMID personnel who have died as a result of hostile action since the mission took over from an earlier AU force in Darfur at the start of 2008.

UNAMID’s Deputy Joint Special Representative (Political), Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane, described the killing as deplorable and offered her condolences to the family and friends of the slain peacekeeper.

“UNAMID is doing all it can to render treatment to the injured and, with the Sudanese police, to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” she said.


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