Int’l Day of UN Peacekeepers Today

UN to honour two fallen Bangladeshi peacekeepers

Diplomatic Correspondent

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

UN to honour two fallen Bangladeshi peacekeepers

The UN Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers today to commemorate all “Blue Helmets”, who have lost their lives in 2019 while discharging their responsibilities under UN Peacekeeping missions in different parts of the world.

Some 83 military, police and civilian peacekeepers, including two Bangladeshi peacekeepers lost their lives in 2019, according to the UN statement.

To mark the day, Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives since 1948 and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to the 83 military, police and civilian peacekeepers who lost their lives in 2019.

Among the fallen peacekeepers to be honoured are two from Bangladesh: Private Atiqul Islam who served with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and Police Constable Md Omar Farouk who was deployed with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

Bangladesh is currently the second largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping where it currently contributes more than 6,400 military and police personnel to the peacekeeping operations in Abyei, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Sudan and South Sudan.


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