UN honors 5 Bangladeshi peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives

The United Nations has awarded the prestigious posthumous ‘Dag Hammarskjöld Medal’ to 5 Bangladeshi peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives while on duty in peacekeeping missions located in different countries around the world. The ‘Dag Hammarskold Medal’ was introduced in the name of Dag Hammarskold, the second Secretary General of the United Nations.

On this occasion, Ambassador Mohammad Abdul Muhit, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh appointed to the United Nations, received the medal on behalf of Bangladesh from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a ceremony organized at the United Nations Headquarters on Thursday.

In the honor ceremony, 103 peacekeepers from 39 countries who died while on duty in UN peacekeeping operations in 2022 were awarded this medal for their supreme sacrifice.

The 5 Bangladeshi peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives are – Sergeant Mohammad Manjur Rahman, Lance Corporal Kofil Majumder, Soldier Mohammad Sharif Hossain, Soldier Mohammad Jahangir Alam and Soldier Mohammad Jaseem Uddin.

After receiving the medal on behalf of the peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives, Ambassador Muhith signed the condolence book kept in the General Assembly Hall as part of the ceremony. In his condolence message, he paid deep tribute to all the peacekeepers who laid down their lives in peacekeeping and expressed his deepest condolences to their bereaved families for the irreparable loss.

Incidentally, Bangladesh is currently the top peacekeeping sending country in UN peacekeeping operations. Currently, about 7,500 peacekeepers of Bangladesh are on duty in 9 missions around the world. So far 166 Bangladeshi peacekeepers have sacrificed their lives while on duty.

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