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Rwandan peacekeepers in Darfur decorated

Zalingei, 15 September 2015
Rwanda Defence Forces peacekeepers serving under the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) were decorated with medals on 15 September 2015 in recognition for a job well done. The peacekeepers are stationed in Zalingei, Sector Central Darfur.

UNAMID Head of Office, Mr Ceric Tahir (left) thanked the Peacekeepers for honouring the mandate. Photos by RDF in UNAMID.

Presiding over the event, the UNAMID Head of Office, Mr Ceric Tahir thanked the Peacekeepers for honouring the mandate given by UNAMID mission in Darfur. “You have demonstrated the high level of professionalism by the great job you have done here, in supporting Darfurians pulling up their lives”, he said. “We appreciate the sense of humour, your way of making friends, determination and great team player in protecting civilians in this country”, he added.

Brig Gen George Rwigamba (right) on behalf of the UNAMID Force Commander thanked the Government of Rwanda. Photos by RDF in UNAMID.

The UNAMID Sector Central Commander, Brig Gen George Rwigamba on behalf of the Force Commander, Lt Gen Ignace Paul Mella thanked the Government of Rwanda for the performance and professionalism of the Peacekeepers “we are proud of the performance you have shown in ten months you have served  here so far”, he said.

He commended Rwandan peacekeepers for protection of civilians, UNAMID personnel and in facilitating the delivery of Humanitarian Assistance. The peacekeepers created a good environment to enable understanding between parties in conflict. The Sector Central Commander also thanked the Government of Sudan for the accommodation and how they enabled the smooth running of UNAMID operations.
Rwanbatt 42 Commanding Officer, Lt Col Venant Bizimungu thanked the higher authority of UNAMID for supporting them to perform their daily activities.
Present at the ceremony were the Wali (Governor) of Central Darfur Jafar Abdul Hakam Isihaq, the 21st Division Commander of Sudanese Government Forces Major General Abdel Mutaalyi, the Rwandan Contingent Commander Col Happy Ruvusha and other UNAMID representatives. At the colourful event, Rwandan Peacekeepers performed military parade and Rwandan cultural dance.

 Also present at the colourful event were Sudanese Government and UNAMID Officials. Photos by RDF in UNAMID