United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka
The United Nations has honoured 12 peacekeepers from Bangladesh who lost their lives on duty in 2018 in different parts of the world to ensure global peace under the aegis of the UN peace operations.
The UN awarded Dag Hammarskjold Medal to 119 deceased peacekeepers from 27 member states to honour their supreme sacrifice; of them 12 were from Bangladesh.
The medals were awarded by the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres and received by the respective permanent representatives of the 27 countries at the event held in New York on Friday marking the International Day of the UN Peacekeepers.
Permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN ambassador Masud Bin Momen received the medals on behalf of Bangladesh.
Defence advisor of this mission Brigadier General Khan Firoz Ahmed, relevant other officers from the mission and officers from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Police working at the UN Headquarters were also present at the programme.
The permanent mission will make special arrangements to send the medals to the family members of the 12 deceased peacekeepers of Bangladesh, said a media release on Saturday.
The awarded peacekeepers of Bangladesh are — Sainik Arzan Howlader, Sainik Md Ripul Miah, Sainik Mohammad Jamal Uddin, warrant officer Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, Sainik Mohammad Rayhan Ali, lance corporal Mohammad Akter Hossain, Sainik Mohammad Rasheduzzaman, Sainik Md Jan-e-Alam, Sainik Md Motiar Rahman, Sainik Md Monjur Ali, lance corporal Md Mizanur Rahaman and Lieutenant Commander Md Ashraf Siddiqui.
Bangladesh is the second largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping.
It currently deploys more than 6,600 military and police personnel in nine peacekeeping missions in Abyei, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.
So far, 146 peacekeepers from Bangladesh have lost their lives on duty while serving UN Peace Operations.