Four peacekeepers from Bangladesh, who laid down their lives while serving in the UN peace operations last year, were honored on Thursday along with 125 other personnel of various peacekeepers contributing countries at the United Nations while observing the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
Lance Corporal Nazrul Islam serving in the UN stabilisation mission in Mali made the supreme sacrifice in April; Sainik Nilkanto Hajong serving in the same mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo died in May; Lance Corporal Mozibor Rahman serving in UN mission in Liberia died in December; and Sub-inspector Mainul Ahsan Khan serving in the UN African Union Mission in Darfur also died in December, reports UNB.
Opening the important programme, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon laid the wreath in honour of all fallen peacekeepers, says a release from Bangladesh Permanent Mission in the UN.
The permanent representatives of member countries, diplomats, UN officials and representatives of peacekeeping contributing and conflict-stricken countries attended the event.
Addressing the gathering, the Secretary General lauded the supreme sacrifices made by the 129 brave peacekeepers during 2015.
In the second part of the programme, a moment of silence was observed to pay respect to the supreme sacrifices of the peacekeepers for the cause of global peace.
The Secretary General handed over the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to the representatives of the permanent missions of the fallen peacekeepers.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh at the UN Masud Bin Momen received the medals for the four deceased peacekeepers of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, one of the largest contributors of military and police peacekeepers to the UN, lost a total of 130 peacekeepers since 1989, the year, it had started sending peacekeepers to conflict-stricken countries to establish peace there.
Out of 129 fallen peacekeepers, 32 are the civilian members.
Of them, 128 were awarded with Dag Hammarskjöld Medal and one was awarded with Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal.
This medel has been introduced since last year by the UN in honour of Senegalese Captain Mbaye Diagne who as a military observer saved lives of hundreds of civilians during the Rwanda genocide in 1990 by his outstanding commitment, courage and heroic actions.