1,432 Bangladeshi peacekeepers honoured
The United Nations has honoured 1,432 Bangladeshi peacekeepers for their dedicated service to peace in Liberia.
Top UN envoy in Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Loj hailed the outstanding role of Bangladeshi peacekeepers who are courageously playing role in dealing with the security and humanitarian challenges arising from the deteriorating political situation in Ivory Coast.
The soldiers from Bangladesh have risen to every challenge they have faced since arriving in Liberia, the UN envoy said while honouring the peacekeepers with medals at a function in Liberia's central city of Gbarnga.
“Bangladeshi soldiers are assisting Liberian authorities in managing border security and dealing with the influx of Ivorian refugees,” she pointed out, noting that the peacekeepers from Bangladesh have, since the political deadlock in Ivory Coast, increased their patrols along the Liberia-Ivory Coast border, in addition to taking on extra tasks aimed at addressing the needs of the refugees.
Highlighting the humanitarian spirit of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers, the SRSG described the Bangladeshi as “very accommodating and not known to turn down any request,” saying they have brought a “truly human face to peacekeeping.”
The Bangladeshi Peacekeepers have undertaken a wide range of humanitarian activities including the introduction of new technologies to local farmers, equipping young people with vocational skills, and rehabilitating roads and bridges.
Liberia's Foreign Minister Toga McIntosh, Deputy Defense Minister for Operations Danesius Sebwe, Director of Mission Support Hubert Price, Sector A Commander Brigadier-General Salihu Zaway Uba and Sector B Commander Brigadier General Md Mozammel Hossain were, among others, present at the function, said an ISPR release.