Rwanda peacekeepers (Rwanbatt1) serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have been hailed for their hard work, courage and dedication on the ground.
The troops were also decorated with UN Peacekeeping medals in recognition for the professionalism and gallant service in carrying out their duties of bringing peace and stability in South Sudan.
The medal decoration ceremony was held at UNMISS Rwanbatt1 Base Camp in Juba Tomping on December 8, 2017.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, David Shearer, who presided over the medal awarding ceremony, hailed Rwanda peacekeepers for the hard work, courage and dedication on the ground while providing security and protection to the community in South Sudan.
“I would like to recognize the commendable efforts of everyone here on parade and honour your dedicated service here in South Sudan,” he said adding that, “Your efforts and professionalism are highly regarded and you make a valuable contribution to UNMISS.”
Shearer told the troops that, “Wear these medals as the proud and worthy ambassadors of your country and of the United Nations that you are.”
Commenting on the award, the Rwanbatt1 Commanding Officer, Lt Col Vianney Cuba, said that the medals awarded will be an extra-ordinary motivation to their renewed commitment to fulfilling their tasks ahead to bring peace to brothers and sisters in South Sudan, particularly in area of operation (Sector South).
He praised UNMISS HQ and Sector South leadership for making the unit’s day –to- day operations successful by endlessly supporting and working with them.
Other UNMISS dignitaries like the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and UNMISS Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Frank Kamanzi Mushyo also attended the ceremony that was also marked by Rwanbatt-1 military parade and culture troop performance.