United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).

United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)

United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)


The main objectives of UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone was to assist the efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone to extend its authority, restore law and order and stabilize the situation progressively throughout the entire country, and to assist in the promotion of a political process which should lead to a renewed disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme and the holding of free and fair elections.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 22 October 1999 to 31 Dec 2005.

The UN strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of the UN medals that are submitted more than one year after repatriation from the mission area.

The qualifying service is not required for members killed or presumed killed while on assignment. In such cases, the medal may be awarded posthumously.


A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter.

On the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief.

On the reverse, an inscription bearing the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).

A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The ribbon has a central stripe of UN blue flanked by stripes of green, white, and dark blue.


There is no bar to this medal.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNMIK medal and before the UNAMET medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

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