The government has handed over United Nations compensation to the family of a peacekeeper who died of malaria in January in the Central African Republic.
Major Luy Bunlong, a driver for the engineering construction unit and a member of Cambodia’s UN peacekeeping team, contracted the disease and died in hospital in the eastern city of Bria.
General Sem Sovanny, director-general of the Cambodian National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, reported that nine Cambodian peacekeepers died during the mission since 2014, and 11 were injured.
He said the UN granted $70,000 to the family of Major Bunlong.
Last year, the family of a Cambodian UN Peacekeeper Chan Samkun who was killed in 2014 during a sandstorm in Mali, was given $75,000.
Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said the money would help Major Bunlong’s family make up for the loss of their livelihood.