United Nations has awarded eight fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh posthumously with ‘Dag Hammarskjöld Medal’.
At a virtual ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of the UN Peacekeepers on Thursday, as many as 129 peacekeepers from 44 nations who lost their lives while rendering duties in different peacekeeping missions in 2020 were honoured.
Among the 129 peacekeepers, eight were from Bangladesh, a figure which is the highest from any single country this year.
This medal commemorates the strength, purity and fragility of the lives lost in the cause of peace.
The fallen Bangladeshi peacekeepers awarded with the medal are: WO Abdul Md Halim from Mali; WO Md Saiful Imam Bhuiyan from Congo; LCPL Md Abdulla Al Mamun from Central African Republic; SGT Md Ziaur Rahman from Congo; SGT Md Mobarak Hussain from Congo; SGT Mohammad Ibrahim from Central African Republic; LCPL Md Saiful Islam from Congo; and Washerman Nurul Amin from South Sudan.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima received the medals on behalf of the country.
The Permanent Mission will make necessary arrangements to send the medals to the family members of the deceased peacekeepers. Defence adviser to Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN Mission also attended this virtual ceremony.
“I pay my deep homage to all the brave men and women in blue helmets who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag, and express my heartfelt condolences to their families and friends,” said Ambassador Fatima in a condolence message given on the occasion.
She also said that Bangladesh lost many of its valiant soldiers in the line of their sacred duty for world peace.