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Vietnam’s UN peacekeeping officer dies on duty

The Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations will hold a memorial service on January 19 for Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh, who laid down his life while performing UN peacekeeping mission.

The department said on January 17 that the memorial service will take place at the National Funeral Hall, No.5 Tran Thanh Tong street, Hanoi. He will be laid to rest in the Nhon martyrs' cemetery in the capital city's Bac Tu Liem district on the same day.

Anh, born in 1983 in the northern province of Nam Dinh and residing in Bac Tu Liem district, Hanoi, was sent to the Central African Republic to work as a military observer in 2021.
Do Anh passed away at 6am on January 6, 2022 (local time) at the field hospital No. 3 in Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda.

On January 8, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) coordinated with the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence to hold an online memorial service for Lt. Col. Do Anh.

Later, on January 15, the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations held a ceremony to receive his remains from the UN side.

With his dedication to the revolutionary cause of the Party, people and army and the UN peacekeeping mission, the Prime Minister signed Decision No.41/QD-TTg recognising Do Anh as a martyr and awarding him with a certificate of national merit service.

The Ministry of National Defence also posthumously promoted Do Anh from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel./