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23 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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12 Bangladeshi peacekeepers to get honour at UN

Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka

As many as 119 peacekeepers, including 12 Bangladeshis, who were killed in the line of duty, will be honoured on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on May 24.

UN secretary-general António Guterres will preside over a ceremony to award the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal posthumously to the military, police and civilian peacekeepers, who lost their lives in 2018 and early 2019, a press release said. Guterres will also lay a wreath to honour all the UN peacekeepers killed since 1948.

The 12 Bangladeshi peacekeepers to be honoured posthumously are: SNK Arzan Howlader and SNK Md. Ripul Miah, who served with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA); SNK Mohammad Jamal Uddin, WO Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, SNK Mohammad Rayhan Ali, LCPL Mohammad Akter Hossain, and SNK Mohammad Rasheduzzaman, who served with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); SNK Md Zane Alam, who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO); SNK Md. Motiar Rahman, SNK Md. Monjur Ali, LCPL Md. Mizanur Rahaman and LCDR Md. Ashraf Siddiqui, who served with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Bangladesh is the second largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping missions. It currently deploys more than 6,600 military and police personnel to nine peacekeeping missions in Abyei, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

During a special ceremony, the UN secretary-general will also award the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” posthumously to Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi. The medal is named after a Senegalese peacekeeper who was killed in Rwanda in 1994 after saving countless civilians.

The inaugural medal was awarded to Captain Diagne’s family in 2016.

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