Sudan: UNAMID receives additional peacekeepers from Sierra Leone

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On Thursday 15 December, UNAMID welcomed the arrival of the advance party of a military contingent from the Republic of Sierra Leone. The contingent consists of 53 peacekeepers, 4 of them women, and is led by Lieutenant Colonel S.E.T. Marah.

The peacekeepers arrived in South Darfur today, where they will conduct security and confidence-building patrols. They will also provide escorts for humanitarian missions to hazardous areas, thus ensuring the arrival of aid to many IDPs in the troubled region.

There are now nearly 15,000 military personnel from 38 countries deployed in the mission, representing over 76% of the authorised strength.