MINUSMA pays tribute to an Egyptian peacekeeper killed in Mali
The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) paid tribute to the Egyptian peacekeeper Sargent Sabry Mohamed Ahmed Hussein who was killed when his convoy was hit by a landmine on April 20, in the region of Mopti.
In a solemn ceremony held in the capital Bamako Thursday (25 Apr), United Nations peacekeepers paid tribute and said farewell to their colleague who was killed in the explosion of an improvised landmine. Five other Blue Helmets were wounded in the attack.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mohamed Hassam, Representative of the Egyptian contingent of MINUSMA said the blue helmets "Sargent Sabry was considered one of the best team leaders within the Egyptian combat convoy battalion, which operated in the Gao region and Mopti.”
Paying his tribute to the fallen soldier, the MINUSMA’s Force Commander General Dennis Gyllensporre said sargent Sabry “was one of the many Blue Helmets that put themselves at risk in their daily work” adding that “his work, as a member of the Egyptian combat convoy company underpins our efforts to bring peace and security to Mali.”
MINUSMA Force Commander, Lieutenant General Gyllensporre also said “we will respond by carrying out our duty as peacekeepers; patrolling day and night to protect the vulnerable and execute the convoys that are essential to this task. We will respond by standing our ground firmly, shoulder to shoulder with our Egyptian colleagues and we will remain proactive and strong in our fight against any enemy who threatens to undermine our mission to improve the conditions for those who seek to leave in peace in this country.”