The United Nations (UN) will honour more than 100 “blue helmets” tomorrow, who lost their lives the previous year while serving the cause of peace, agencies report. Commemorative activities will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and at peacekeeping operations and offices around the world, a press release of United Nations said today.
The 126 peacekeepers – military, police and civilian – who lost their lives in 2014 while serving with the United Nations as a result of hostile acts, accidents and disease, will posthumously receive the Dag Hammarskjold Medal at a ceremony at the UN Headquarters.
Among the fallen peacekeepers who lost their lives during January to December 2014 and who will be honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold medal are eight from Bangladesh: Lt Col. Md Tauhid-Ul MULK and Sergeant Md Shahidul ISLAM who served with the UN peacekeeping operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI); LS Mohammad Jahangir ALAM and Sergeant Md Miragul ISLAM who were deployed to Mali (MINUSMA); Private Amir HOSSAIN, Sergeant Md Labu ISLAM and Private Mohammad Abdul MOTIN who served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO); and Lance Cpl Md Abdur RAZZAQU who served in Liberia (UNMIL).
Bangladesh is the largest contributor of military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping. It currently deploys more than 9,300 military and police personnel to ten peacekeeping operations – in the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan, Sudan and Western Sahara.