United Nations has posthumously awarded Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to 12 Bangladeshi peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives for establishing peace beyond the border.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres handed over the awards to 119 fallen peacekeepers from 27 member states of UN who made supreme sacrifice to ensure global peace under the UN Peace Operations.The medals were handed over the medals to permanent representatives of respective countries during observance of ‘International Day of the UN Peacekeepers’ at UN Head Quarters in NewYork, said a press release on Saturday.
Award winning Bangladeshi peacekeepers are: Sainik Arzan Howlader and Sainik Md Ripul Miah in Central African Republic, Sainik Mohammad Jamal Uddin, Warrant Officer Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, Sainik Mohammad Rayhan Ali, Lance Corporal Mohammad Akter Hossain, and Sainik Mohammad Rasheduzzaman in Mali, Sainik Md Zane Alam in Congo, Sainik Md Motiar Rahman, Sainik Md Monjur Ali, Lance Corporal Md Mizanur Rahaman and Lieutenant Commander Md Ashraf Siddiqui in South Sudan.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen received the medals on behalf of Bangladesh.
Mission’s Defence Advisor Brigadier-General Khan Firoz Ahmed was present on the occasion.
The Permanent Mission will make special arrangements to send the medals to the family members of the 12 fallen peacekeepers of Bangladesh.
On the occasion, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Today, we honour 119 brave men and women who lost their lives while serving the United Nations. Hailing from different backgrounds, our fallen heroes were united in their efforts to help the UN attain its most important objective – to save future generations from the scourge of war”.UN 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 in various parts of the world.