UN / PEACEKEEPERS DAY

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Marking the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath to honour the brave women and men who gave their lives to protect others and to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope. UNIFEED / UNIC DAR ES SALAAM

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DATELINE: 23 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / 24 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / 24 MAY 2019, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA / FILE

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1. Close up, United Nations flag

24 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Secretary-General laying the wreath
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On this Day, we face the true cost of peacekeeping. But we also recognize its immense value. Today, 100,000 peacekeepers – uniformed and civilian -- positively affect the lives of tens of millions of people. They protect civilians in a more systematic way and build peace in a more holistic manner than ever before.”
4.Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability. They also face grave threats. Attacks on our patrols and our facilities have become all too common. Disease and accidents also take a heavy toll. Our missions in Mali, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are among the most dangerous that we have ever undertaken.”
6. Wide shot, a moment of silence
7. Close up, wreath
8. Wide shot, Trusteeship
9. Various shots, Lachel Chitete Mwenechanya, the widow of Private Chancy Chitete metal from the Secretary-General
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Private Chitete’s selfless heroism and sacrifice helped the peacekeepers achieve their objective and dislodge the militia from its stronghold. And that was vital for the Ebola response to go on. He saved his comrades and helped the UN protect the vulnerable. He personally made a difference. A profound one.”
11. Various shots, Private Chitete’s family at the event

UNIC DAR ES SALAAM - 24 MAY 2019, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

12. SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Corporal Ali Khamis Omary:
“I remember it was the 14 of November, we received instructions to go to Naru camp in Kididiwe (Eastern DR Congo). It was a joint operation with peacekeepers from Malawi. There was heavy fighting... I got shot on my leg. After I was shot on my leg I’m thankful I was near Private Chitete, he tied my leg and after he had tied my leg with a bandage as we were still engaged in the fighting, after a while I found my fellow peacekeeper dead, he was shot by armed groups and he died.”

23 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

13. Various shots, Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal
14.Close up, UN emblem on peacekeeper’s sleeve

STORYLINE:

Marking the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres today (24 May) laid a wreath to honour the brave women and men who gave their lives to protect others and to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope.

The Secretary-General noted in his remarks that we ask much of our peacekeepers, and that, in return, we must continue to all we can to ensure they are as safe as possible.

Guterres said, “on this Day, we face the true cost of peacekeeping. But we also recognize its immense value. Today, 100,000 peacekeepers – uniformed and civilian -- positively affect the lives of tens of millions of people. They protect civilians in a more systematic way and build peace in a more holistic manner than ever before.”

The UN chief also reiterated, “today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability. They also face grave threats. Attacks on our patrols and our facilities have become all too common. Disease and accidents also take a heavy toll.”

Guterres continued, “our missions in Mali, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are among the most dangerous that we have ever undertaken.”

He then took part in the awarding of the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal, the United Nations’ highest and most prestigious recognition earned in the service of the peacekeeping. That medal went to the late Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi who died protecting a wounded fellow blue helmet while serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Secretary-General called Private Chitete a true hero, noting that his selfless heroism and sacrifice helped the peacekeepers achieve their objective and dislodge the militia from its stronghold that was vital for the Ebola response to go on.

He expressed his gratitude to the family of Private Chitete, including his wife and infant daughter, and who he met privately.

Guterres said that Private Chitete, “personally made a difference. A profound one.”

This is the first time the medal has been awarded since it was presented to Captain Diagne’s family in 2016.

The Secretary-General also spoke at the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal Ceremony to honor UN military and police personnel, international civil servants, national staff, and UN Volunteers who died in 2018 and 2019.

Hailing from different backgrounds, our fallen heroes were united in their efforts to help the UN attain its most important objective: to save further generations from the scourge of war.

During an interview today (24 May) in Tanzania, Corporal Ali Khamis Omary, who is the peacekeeper saved by Private Chitete said, “I remember it was the 14 of November, we received instructions to go to Naru camp in Kididiwe (Eastern DR Congo). It was a joint operation with peacekeepers from Malawi. There was heavy fighting... I got shot on my leg. After I was shot on my leg I’m thankful I was near Private Chitete, he tied my leg and after he had tied my leg with a bandage as we were still engaged in the fighting, after a while I found my fellow peacekeeper dead, he was shot by armed groups and he died.”

In the interview, Corporal Omary also said he has healed from the gun wound.
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