UN Blue Helmets recognize Malawian peacekeeper killed in action
24 May 2019 - With bullets flying, Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi saved a fellow peacekeeper, and died in the process. The UN honoured Private Chitete as it marked the International Day of UN Peacekeeping on Friday, with its highest award for exceptional courage. The Secretary-General gave the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” to Lachel Chitete, the widow of the late peacekeeper who accepted it on his behalf. Private Chitete became only the second winner of the UN’s highest peacekeeping award, which was established in 2014 for uniformed and civilian personnel who meet the criteria, and named after the late UN peacekeeper Captain Diagne - the first posthumous recipient of the award - who saved hundreds of lives in Rwanda in 1994, before being killed.