Twelve fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh will be honoured by the United Nations on Friday when it will observe the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all peacekeepers who lost their lives since 1948.
He will preside over a ceremony in which the Dag Hammarskjold Medal will be awarded posthumously to 119 military, police and civilian peacekeepers, who laid down their lives in 2018 and early 2019.
Twelve Bangladeshi peacekeepers will be among those honoured, the UN said in a statement.
They are Arzan Howlader and Md Ripul Miah who served with UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic; Mohammad Jamal Uddin, WO Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, Mohammad Rayhan Ali, Mohammad Akter Hossain, and Mohammad Rasheduzzaman who served with United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali; Md Zane Alam who served with the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo; Motiar Rahman, Monjur Ali, Mizanur Rahaman and Ashraf Siddiqui who served with the UN Mission in South Sudan.
Bangladesh is the second-largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping. It currently deploys more than 6,600 military and police personnel to nine peacekeeping missions in Abyei, CAR, DR Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.
While the day will be marked at UNHQ on Friday, UN missions and offices around the world will commemorate the Day on May 29.
During a special ceremony, secretary-general Guterres will award the ‘Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage’ posthumously to private Chancy Chitete of Malawi.
The medal is named after a Senegalese peacekeeper killed in Rwanda in 1994 after saving countless civilian lives.
This is the first time the medal will be awarded since the inaugural medal was presented to Captain Diagne’s family in his honour in 2016.
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