Peacekeeper dies of malaria

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An honor guard is formed for the late peacekeeper. Supplied

A member of Cambodia’s UN peacekeeping team died of malaria yesterday morning while on a mission in the Central African Republic, a condolence letter uploaded by his superior on social media said.
Luy Bunlong, a driver for the Engineering Construction unit, reportedly contracted malaria and died in a hospital in the eastern city of Bria in the early hours of yesterday morning after his condition worsened.
“I am Colonel Pich Sambath, commander of the engineering construction unit 459 with the military group who are on a UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic. I am very sad for the loss of my colleague Mr. Luy Bunlong,” the brief letter read.
Few details of Mr. Bunlong’s death have been released as the spokesperson for the Cambodian UN peacekeeping team Phal Saman could not be reached for comment as of press time.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Defense sent to Khmer Times, 184 Cambodia peacekeepers from Engineering Unit 369 will be deployed to Lebanon tomorrow to replace an engineering team there which has just completed a year-long mission. Those returning are expected to arrive on Friday.
Seventy-nine medical forces, who were on a mission in South Sudan, are also scheduled to arrive on Friday having completed their duties there.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travelers to Central African Republic are susceptible to a high risk of malaria in all areas of the landlocked nation.

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