A six man delegation from the United Nations is in Sierra Leone to inspect and make an assessment of the equipment and facilities that are within the reach of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces to undertake a peace keeping mission in the Sudanese town of Darfur.
The delegation consists of two representatives from the UN Headquarters in New York and four representatives from the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).The team was led by Lieutenant Colonel Edward Dawes, a British soldier working with the UN.
The six man delegation was taken to the RSLAF training barracks at Benguima where a rigorous inspection was done of the equipment and facilities that have been set aside for the Darfur mission.
Briefing the UN team at Benguima Barracks, the Contingent Commander for the Darfur Peace Keeping Mission, Lieutenant Colonel S.E.T. Marrah told the delegation that an advance team of 50 soldiers have been carefully selected to serve in the first contingent that are scheduled to leave the shores of Sierra Leone for Sudan in October this year. He disclosed that the base of the team will be located in a town called Nyala in Darfur.
Immediately after the briefing by the commanding officer, the UN team was led on an inspection tour of the facilities and equipment by senior Military Personnel within the RSLAF.
Some of the facilities that were inspected at Benguima include; 5 trucks, 3 ambulances 10 brown new open vans, 2 water tanks 1 forklift, medical facilities, communication unit and a host of other military equipment that are required for modern peace keeping mission were meticulously inspected and assessed by the delegation.
Speaking to AWOKO press some members of the UN team said they were highly impressed by what they saw. “Sierra Leone is very prepared for the mission but just needs some few additional facilities” a Pakistani member of the delegation intimated this press. He also said that Sierra Leone has gone far in preparing for the mission more than other countries that they have visited for similar inspection. By William Freeman