Compensation for two Army UN Peacekeepers killed in Mali handed over to their families

November 06, 2019

Compensations for the two Sri Lanka Army Peacekeepers who laid down their lives while on duty in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in January, (25) this year, were presented to their families at the Army Headquarters, on Tuesday (05 November). According to Army media, the compensations were handed over to the families of the two men by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.

The two Army peacekeepers, Major H.W.D Jayawickrama of Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) Regiment and Sergeant S.S Wijekumara of Mechanized Infantry Regiment lost their lives in an explosion, while on a patrol in Keerana area in Mali.

The compensations were presented to the father of late Major Jayawickrama and his mother on equal basis as he was unmarried at the time of his death. And disbursement of compensation for late Sergeant Wijekumara was presented to his mother, spouse and two daughters in keeping with UN guidelines and compensation framework.

Senior Army officers were also present at the occasion.