On Monday, the United Nations has declared that it will honor “brave and selfless” action of a late UN Peacekeeper from Mali, who has sacrificed his life by saving his colleague during an operation against a local armed group in 2018.

In a statement, the UN informs to honor later Malawian Soldier Chancy Chitete with UN’s highest peacekeeping award at the UN headquarters by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on May 24.

In November 2018, Mr. Chitete has died during an operation in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo to fight with the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces), an armed force that has been disordering the ongoing efforts of the UN, which was to treat and stop the spreading of deadly Ebola virus.

Whilst fighting alongside other Tanzanian and Malawian peacekeepers linked with the UN Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), Mr. Chitete with his colleagues came under heavy firing. He along with his team fought back, permits other troops to tactfully withdraw, reads the statement.

Seeing a wounded Tanzanian peacekeeper, Corporal Ali Khamis Omary and Mr. Chitete has dragged him to safety and offered him first-aid. While assisting his colleague he was shot dead. His heroism and sacrifice has helped the peacekeepers to attain their objective of dislodging the ADF forces from stronghold and rescue the lives of Corporal Omary.

The UN Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said, “The remarkable actions of Mr. Chitete helped protect many lives, both civilian and military.”

Officially the award is named as the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage”. It was confirmed in 2014 for civilian and uniformed personnel, who has met the criteria and named after late UN Peacekeeper Captain Diagne, who has saved hundreds of lives in 1994 in Rwanda, before he died.

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