Bria, 24 February 2017
Rwanda Level 2 Hospital peacekeepers (RWAMED II), deployed under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), have been awarded with UN medals in recognition of their contribution to maintaining peace and stability in Central African Republic (CAR).
The medal award ceremony was held in Bria on 24 February 2017. The event was presided over by Brig Gen Mohamed Abdebasset Mohamed Aly, MINUSCA Sector East Commander on behalf of the Force Commander.
Brig Gen Mohamed Abdebasset Mohamed Aly hailed Rwanda Peacekeepers for their valuable contribution to peace and security wherever deployed in the world, and urged the peacekeepers to maintain that posture and keep Rwanda’s flag high.
RWAMED II Commanding Officer, Col Dr John Byimana revealed in his remarks that the Rwanda Medical Contingent, since its arrival in mission area 6 months ago, treated 1869 patients among whom 61 received successful surgeries. The contingent performed also 11 medical evacuations. He pledged continuous commitment of the Rwandan Peacekeepers to MINUSCA.
During the colourful ceremony, present guests tested to the Rwandan culture through the Rwandan traditional dance show performed by the peacekeepers.