A Ghanaian female soldier has died while on peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
According to officials, Corporal Mercy Adade, a member of the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) passed away after a short illness last week.
Corporal Adade deployed as a medical clerk to UNIFIL on 22 June 2017 for a one-year tour, was considered as one of the dedicated, hardworking and professional soldiers of her time.
Aged 36, she served in the Ghana Army for about 11 years and has been to Côte d’Ivoire as peacekeeper before.
According to unifil.unmissions.org, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces paid their last respects for her service and sacrifice in furthering peace in south Lebanon.
At the ceremony, Cpl. Adade was reportedly honoured posthumously with UNIFIL and LAF Medals.
“The people of Lebanon and UNIFIL are grateful to Mercy for all her sacrifices. We must all strive to work for peace in memory of all our colleagues who did not make it, ” UNIFIL Deputy Force Commander Major General Shivaram Kharel said of Corporal Adade.
"On this day, we remember Mercy and the thousands of peacekeepers around the world who have lost their lives in the quest for lasting peace,” he said.
Major General Kharel added that "the people of Lebanon and UNIFIL are grateful to Mercy for all her sacrifices. We must all strive to work for peace in memory of all our colleagues who did not make it. We honour her selflessness, bravery and service to the United Nations, Lebanon, and Ghana. Although she is no longer with us, her legacy will live on.”
The Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel William Nortey, also eulogised Corporal Adade saying, "her loss has left a void in the Ghanaian Battalion and the Ghana Armed Forces that cannot be filled."
"Cpl. Mercy had been the pride of Ghana and was a role model to follow in a UN Peacekeeping operation,” Lt. Col. Nortey added.
Corporal Adade is among over 300 peacekeepers who are said to have died in Lebanon since UNIFIL’s establishment in 1978.
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