CAR / FALLEN PEACEKEEPER

11-Oct-2019 00:02:37
A commemorative ceremony, in honor of the late Senegalese Air Force Captain El Hadj Moussa Thiam, took place today in Bangui at the UN Mission in the Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA). MINUSCA
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STORY: CAR / FALLEN PEACEKEEPER
TRT: 2:38
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 OCTOBER 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC (CAR)
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1. Wide shot, fanfare of Senegalese blue helmets
2. Wide shot, blue helmets of the MINUSCA transport the coffin of the Captain El Hadj Moussa Thiam
3.Close up, photo of the Captain El Hadj Moussa Thiam
4. Various shots, blue helmets of the MINUSCA transport the coffin of the Captain El Hadj Moussa Thiam to the place of the ceremony
5. Various shots, MINUSCA officials
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Republic of Central African Republic and head of MINUSCA:
"Captain El Hadj Moussa Thiam, his fellow soldiers and colleagues who died while implementing the mandate of the MINUSCA, have entrusted us with an enduring legacy: that of finding a meaning to their fight by investing ourselves consistently and unreservedly to increase the contribution of the United Nations to peace in the Central African Republic and continue to exercise faithfully and with determination our mandate to protect the civilian population"
7. Wide shot, Mankeur Ndiaye lays a wreath of flowers on the coffin
8. Various shots, Senegalese soldiers from MINUSCA
9. Wide shot, Mankeur Ndiaye bow in front of the coffin
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Republic of Central African Republic and head of MINUSCA:
"In my voice today are crystallized the testimonies, the wishes, the prayers, the messages of compassion, that all the staff of MINUSCA, and the United Nations, wish to formulate for the bereaved families, the Senegalese government and the entire Senegalese people. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Force and the police of the United Nations, as well as to the civilian personnel of MINUSCA, who put their lives in danger every day in the best interests of peace and security in this brother country. "
11. Wide shot, Senegalese peacekeepers carry the coffin
12. Med shot, MINUSCA’s Force commander, Balla Keita
13. Wide shot, Senegalese peacekeepers carry the coffin away
STORYLINE
A commemorative ceremony, in honor of the late Senegalese Air Force Captain El Hadj Moussa Thiam, took place today (11 Oct) in Bangi at the UN Mission in the Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA).

Captain Thiam was seriously injured in the accident of the helicopter he was flying in Bouar, in western CAR, on 27 September, in which three Senegalese blue helmets from Minusca lost their lives. He died as a result of his injuries on October 6, 2019 in a United Nations hospital in Uganda.

Mankeur Ndiaye, the head of MINUSCA said, "Captain El Hadj Moussa Thiam, his fellow soldiers and colleagues who died while implementing the mandate of the MINUSCA, have entrusted us with an enduring legacy: that of finding a meaning to their fight by investing ourselves consistently and unreservedly to increase the contribution of the United Nations to peace in the Central African Republic and continue to exercise faithfully and with determination our mandate to protect the civilian population.”

The helicopter accident took place during a peace operation of MINUSCA. According to the first elements, this accident was caused by bad weather conditions that made it impossible to land the aircraft.

Ndiaye said, "in my voice today are crystallized the testimonies, the wishes, the prayers, the messages of compassion, that all the staff of MINUSCA, and the United Nations, wish to formulate for the bereaved families, the Senegalese government and the entire Senegalese people. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Force and the police of the United Nations, as well as to the civilian personnel of MINUSCA, who put their lives in danger every day in the best interests of peace and security in this brother country.”

Captain El Hadji Moussa Thiam was part of the fourth Senegalese helicopter detachment taking part in supporting peace in the Central African Republic with the MINUSCA.
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