Two Fijians honoured at UN in New York
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers including Isoa Bonawai and Joell Daveta
Two fallen Fijian civilian peacekeepers will be honoured at a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters today. Isoa Bonawai served at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq while Joell Daveta was with the United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur, Sudan.
This is the eighth successive year in which the Organisation will honour more than 100 “blue helmets” who have lost their lives the previous year while serving the cause of peace. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers. He will award the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to 128 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2015.
In his message, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “On this Day we honour our heroes – the more than one million men and women who have served under the United Nations flag with pride, distinction and courage since the first deployment in 1948. And we pay our highest tribute to the more than 3400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while in service during that period.” Edited by Naisa Koroi