AFL Fallen Hero Not Forgotten
-His Benefits Go To Family Members
The authorities of the Ministry of National Defense and the High Command of the Armed Forces Liberia (AFL) Tuesday, May 29, 2018, presented a check valued Seventy Thousand United States (70,000USD) Dollars to the next of kin of the late PfcAnsu Ousmane Sheriff of the AFL.
Fatim Sheriff and Fatumata Sheriff, wife and daughter of the deceased received the check which is considered as an international peacekeeping death benefit from the United Nations.Presenting the check, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Maj. General Prince C. Johnson III, said, the AFL will always stand by the next of kin of the late Sheriff, adding, “Life is priceless, and the AFL appreciates the bravery and gallantry of the fallen soldier.”
According to the Army Chief of Staff, the presentation brings to a close several benefits that the next of kin have received from the Ministry of National Defense and the AFL which includes death benefit, the fallen soldier’s compulsory saving and insurance benefit.
The AFL boss further stated that in June 2018, the United Nations will present an award to the fallen soldier through his next of kin at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of National Defense, the Deputy Minister for Administration, TibliOlandrus Dickson, thanked the next of kin and family members of the fallen soldier for the numerous sacrifices that the late Ousmane Sheriff made in serving his native land and protecting international peace.
Min. Dickson also said, in the past, other countries made similar sacrifices during the heat of Liberia’s civil crisis. “Therefore, it is an honor for Liberia to be reciprocating the same.”
In response, Mr. Baokai Sheriff speaking on behalf of the next of kin, thanked the authority of the Ministry of National Defense and the AFL for standing with them during the time of bereavement.
Sheriffsaid normally, it is expected for children to bury their parents, as such, it is unbearable for the family to have buried their son. But whatever that had happened, it was the will of the Almighty Allah.
The fallen AnsuOusmane Sheriff died on May 3, 2017 as a result of multiple mortal shell attack by Malian rebels on a UN Peacekeepers’ base in Sector West, Timbuktu, while on peacekeeping mission duty in Mali, with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission(MINUSMA).