Coronavirus claims Blue Helmet peacekeeper


  • Cambodia
  • Tuesday, 02 Jun 2020

The last rites for Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeeper Sar Savy, who died on Friday at 63 from Covid-19 while on a mission in the Republic of Mali, will be held tomorrow and Thursday at the UN base there.

Cambodia’s National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces director-general Sem Sovanny told The Post on Sunday that Savy was a national-level military officer in good standing who had joined humanitarian work missions with the UN in Mali.

“Communicable Disease Control Department doctors in Mali are now preparing to disinfect Savy’s remains to prepare for his last rites at the UN base in Mali,” he said.

He said UN peacekeepers from all countries who are on humanitarian missions in Mali were prepared to join the ceremony.

They said his death represented the loss of a resourceful, experienced Blue Helmet de-miner committed to restoring world peace.

Savy began his most recent mission in Mali in April last year as leader of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 231.

After he completed his mission, he planned on returning to Cambodia this April, but was delayed by the pandemic. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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