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Rwandan peacekeepers in South Sudan awarded with medals

Nov 05, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Rwandan Police peacekeepers serving in its mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were today awarded with the medal of service excellence.

A batch of Rwandan forces arrive in Juba as part of the strong 4000 Regional Protection Force earlier this month, Aug 2017(Photo: file)
A batch of Rwandan forces arrive in Juba as part of the strong 4000 Regional Protection Force earlier this month, Aug 2017(Photo: file)

These officers were deployed in Malakal, Upper Nile State in December last year where they are largely charged with the protection of civilians in internally displaced camps, UN personnel, security of key installations and humanitarian assistance, among others.

The head of UNMISS Field Office in Upper Nile State and representative of the SRSG in the region, Mr. Enos Chuma, who also presided the ceremony expressed appreciation to the decorated men and women for their commitment to peace in Malakal.

“Today is one of those special days to recognize the unique contributions of RWAFPU-1 to the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. We indeed cherish and appreciate your contributions during the period of your duty in Malakal,” Mr. Chuma said.

He commended their contribution to the efficient implementation of the UNMISS Protection of Civilian (POC) Mandate in Malakal.

Mr. Chuma further thanked the medalists for their integrity, courage and professionalism in discharging their duties and providing an enabling and secure environment for humanitarian partners to provide life-saving support to the affected civilians in IDP camps.

“ I thank you for the wonderful service for peace, professionalism and dedicated service to the people of South Sudan.” He said.

“This UN Peace Medal presentation ceremony is a true recognition of your hard work, perseverance and relentless pursuit of peace,” he added.

RWAFPU-1 contingent commander, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Fabian Musinguzi noted that they inherited a more stable but unpredictable environment in Malakal but added that they worked closely with all key security partners.

He thanked the UNMISS leadership, the government and people of South Sudan as well as other peacekeepers for the support, which facilitated them to discharge their duties efficiently.

The ceremony was attended by government and other UN officials, representatives of South Sudan National Police Services (SSNPS) and leaders in Internally Displaced Camps under the unit’s protection, among others.

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