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Diasporian News of Friday, 14 September 2018


Ghanaian peacekeepers in Lebanon hold memorial service for Kofi Annan

Ghana’s peacekeeping troops serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have held a memorial service in honour of the Late Kofi Annan, a former United Nations Secretary-General.

The battalion held the memorial service in the early hours of Thursday 13 September 2018 at the battalion headquarters located in Al-Qawzah, Lebanon to coincide with the burial service of the late Ghanaian Statesman.

In a tribute written by the battalion, the peacekeepers acknowledged the immense contribution of the late diplomat who rose through the ranks by dint of hard work and perseverance to become the 7th UN Secretary-General.

Mr. Annan was especially known for a comprehensive policy on the UN’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) which led to formulation of landmark policies to address the issue of sexual misconduct of UN personnel. Consequently, Conduct and Discipline Units have been established in all UN Peace Support Operation theaters to curb the canker of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Kofi Annan was also seen as a global icon who put Ghana on the map and will be remembered for his tenacity for change and compassion to the vulnerable groups worldwide.

In a short exhortation entitled “How would you want to be remembered”, the battalion Chaplain, Major Cynthia Kumitse entreated all to emulate the virtues exhibited by the late Secretary-General such as service with passion, humility and professionalism. She added that, all should work hard and be remembered for positively affecting the lives of others regardless of the position they may find themselves.

The last post was then sounded after which a moment of silence and reveille was observed for the departed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. All flags in UNIFIL, which is the oldest peacekeeping mission in the world are flying at half-mast in honour of the departed former Secretary-General.