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MoD donates $9,350 to families of fallen soldiers

March 24, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday donated a little over $9,350 to family members of fallen soldiers who were serving in the Somalia peace mission.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chief of Defence Staff (CDF) Brigadier General Samuel Omar Williams said the money was contributed by members of the Sierra Leone battalion to the African Union Force in Somalia, to show solidarity to their departed colleagues.

Each of the families received the sum of $1,558, plus posthumous certificates and medals for their dead loved ones.

According to the CDS, family members were also entitled to collect pension payments on behalf of their late relatives.

“The Defence Ministry is going to help you access all properties of the departed relatives as soon as possible,” he promised.

He told the bereaved family members to accept the unfortunate circumstances that led to the death of their relatives.

“It is not our fault neither theirs. Let us accept the situation as it is. The army is a unique profession that has all professionals, but sometimes things do not go the way we plan them,” said Brig. Gen. Williams.

The Sierra Leone contingent suffered six fatalities, including one soldier who was killed-in-action, while the remaining five died as a result of natural causes.

One of the family members, Yusuf Jalloh, said they were delighted over the money donation.

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