CAR / PEACEKEEPERS MEMORIAL

06-Jan-2017 00:01:33
The United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Central-African Republic (CAR) held today a memorial service for its fallen peacekeepers in the country’s capital, Bangui. MINUSCA
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STORY: CAR / PEACEKEEPERS MEMORIAL
TRT: 1:33
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH /NATS

DATELINE: 6 JANUARY 2017, BANGUI, CAR

1. Med shot, soldiers carrying caskets
2. Wide shot, soldiers laying caskets
3. Med shot, SRSG Parfait laying wreath
4. Med shot, Blue Helmets
5. Med shot, Force Commander Gen Keita laying wreath
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Onanga-Anyanga Parfait, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central-African Republic:
“They left behind them everything that was dear to them – their families, their friends and their countries - for the peace in this country. We honor them, and recognize their bravery and sacrifice. In the memory of all our colleagues who have fallen since the beginning of our mission here in Central-African Republic, we must all relentlessly pursue our tasks with determination and humanity.”
7. Wide shot, Blue Helmets behind the casket covered with Cambodian flag
8. Pan right, soldiers carrying casket away

STORYLINE:

The United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Central-African Republic (CAR) known under its French accronim MINUSCA held today (6 Jan) a memorial service for its fallen peacekeepers in the country’s capital, Bangui.

Two Moroccan soldiers were killed and two other injured in a deadly ambush on a convoy in the south-eastern part of the country on January 4.

In a separate incident on the same day a Bangladeshi peacekeeper was also gunned down in Bokayi in the northwest of the CAR.

A memorial was also held for a Cambodian peacekeeper who died of a disease.

Laying wreaths on the caskets of the fallen peacekeepers, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central-African Republic Onanga-Anyanga Parfait said “in the memory of all our colleagues who have fallen since the beginning of our mission here in Central-African Republic, we must all relentlessly pursue our tasks with determination and humanity.”

Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013. Despite significant progress and successful elections, CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest.

In December 2016, the Mission supported a new dialogue between 11 of the 14 armed groups, as part of an ongoing effort to disarm the factions.
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