Việt Nam UN peacekeeping officer dies on duty

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HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations will hold a memorial service on January 19 for Lieutenant Colonel Đỗ Anh, who died while on a UN peacekeeping mission.

The department said on Monday that the memorial service would take place at the National Funeral Hall, Trần Thánh Tông street, Hà Nội.

He will be laid to rest at the Nhổn martyrs’ cemetery in the capital city’s Bắc Từ Liêm District on the same day.

Anh was born in 1983 in the northern province of Nam Định and lived in Bắc Từ Liêm, Hà Nội, and was sent to the Central African Republic to work as a military observer in 2021.

Đỗ Anh passed away at 6am on January 6, 2022 (local time) at the field hospital No. 3 in Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda.

On January 8, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) coordinated with the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence to hold an online memorial service for Anh.

Later, on January 15, the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations held a ceremony to receive his remains from the UN.

With his dedication to the revolutionary cause of the Party, people and army and the UN peacekeeping mission, the Prime Minister signed Decision No.41/QD-TTg recognising Đỗ Anh as a martyr and awarding him a certificate of national merit. — VNS

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