Four Ghanaian peacekeepers to be honoured posthumously at UN ceremony

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UN Photo/Staton Winter: A peacekeeper from Ghana stands guard during a senior UN official’s visit to Cestos City in 2012. Some 16,000 peacekeepers from over a dozen countries served in Liberia from 2003 to 2018.
UN Photo/Staton Winter: A peacekeeper from Ghana stands guard during a senior UN official’s visit to Cestos City in 2012. Some 16,000 peacekeepers from over a dozen countries served in Liberia from 2003 to 2018.

Four Ghanaians are among 117 military, police, and civilian peacekeepers to be honoured posthumously at a United Nations (UN) ceremony to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Thursday.

The four Ghanaian peacekeepers are Sargeant Mansfield Sekyere who served with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); Messrs. Francis Assuah Kwajan and Alphonsus Bieturu who served in civilian capacities with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The fourth is Mr Victor Akwasi Osei-Akyempong who served in a civilian capacity in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

A statement signed by Madam Cynthia Prah, Public Information Officer, UN Information Centre, Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said Secretary-General António Guterres would lay a wreath to honour the nearly 4,200 UN peacekeepers who lost their lives since 1948.

He would also preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police, and civilian peacekeepers, who died serving under the UN flag last year.

It said in Ghana, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, in collaboration with the UN in Ghana and the National Security Agencies, would lead the national commemorative ceremony in Accra in honour of Ghanaian peacekeepers, both active and retired.

The statement said wreaths would be laid in memory of those who lost their lives serving for peace.

The ceremony will 008take place at the forecourt of the Ministry.

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