Body of fallen peacekeeper arrives in Rwanda

On 21 January 2021 at 04:30

The casket bearing the body of Rwandan peacekeeper, Sergeant Nsabimana Jean D’Amour has today arrived in Rwanda from Central African Republic (CAR).

Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) officials as well as family members have received the fallen peacekeeper at Kigali International Airport.

Sgt Nsabimana was killed on 13 January 2021 during an attack by elements of an armed group opposed to the peace process in CAR.

RDF has expressed heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the fallen soldier.

Sgt Nsabimana will be laid to rest at Kanombe Military Cemetery.

The body of Late Sergeant Nsabimana arrives in Rwanda, one day after the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the Government of CAR paid last respects to him.

The Mission bid a final farewell to the fallen peacekeeper yesterday in a memorial ceremony held at MINUSCA force Headquarters. In attendance were the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in CAR Denise Brown, the MINUSCA Force Commander General Sidiki Traoré and CAR Army Chief of Staff, General Zephirin Mamadou.

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Denise Brown saluted Sgt Nsabimana Jean D’amour: “United Nations appreciates his sacrifice to fight for the protection of civilians, peace services, stability and CAR population dignity” she said while also appreciating the dedication of Rwandan Contingent.

Rwanda has been contributing to CAR peacekeeping mission since 2014.