8 Bangladeshi peacekeepers awarded UN’s ‘Dag Hammarskjöld Medal’
Published: 12:31 PM, 28 May 2021 Updated: 01:50 PM, 28 May 2021
UN Secretary General António Guterres pays tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in peacekeeping missions; Photo: Collected
The United Nations has awarded the posthumous award “Dag Hammarskjöld Medal” to eight Bangladeshi peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives in UN peacekeeping operations.
The award was presented at a ceremony held at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday on the occasion of International Peacekeeping Day.
“The award was given to 129 peacekeepers from 44 countries around the world,” informed a press release issued by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations.
UN Secretary General António Guterres handed over the medals to the Permanent Representatives of 44 countries, including Bangladesh, through a virtual ceremony.
The eight peacekeepers of Bangladesh who sacrificed their lives while on duty are — Abdul Md. Halim, the Warrant Officer of the MINUSMA Mission in Mali, Warrant Officer Md. Saiful Imam Bhuiyan, Sergeant Md. Ziaur Rahman, Sergeant MD Mubarak Hossain and Lance Corporal Md. Saiful Islam of the MONUSCO mission in DR Congo, Lance Corporal Md. Abdullah Al Mamun and Sergeant Md. Ibrahim of the MINUSCA Mission in the Central African Republic and Washerman Nurul Amin of the UNMISS Mission in South Sudan.
Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United Nations received the medals on behalf of Bangladesh. The mission’s Defense Adviser Brigadier General Md Sadequzzaman also participated in the virtual event.
The Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations will take steps to deliver these medals to the families of Bangladeshi peacekeepers killed in the line of duty.