About 1900 men and women of Ethiopia’s 19th battalion serving under the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) for more than eight months received the UN Peace Medals in a ceremony on Wednesday in Abyei area.
“The United Nations Peace Medal is a mark of the UN’s gratitude and appreciation to your commitment, sacrifice, and hard work in this mission,” said Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu, acting head of Force Commander.
“Keeping close relationship with local communities and their leaders provides a commendable influence on the mission area in building peace.”
The UN Medal Day ceremony was witnessed by community leaders and UNISFA leadership, as well as civilian and uniformed personnel, according to UNISFA.
General Gebre added the Ethiopian peacekeepers have been deployed in Abyei since 2011.
“For more than eight years, they have continually served with resilience, dedication, and professionalism within the UN mission core values to build and maintain peace in the Abyei box. It gives me immense pleasure to share with you that Ethiopia is one of the leading providers of peacekeepers for United Nations peacekeeping operations In Africa.”
During the ceremony, UNISFA paid tribute to three UN peacekeepers namely Capt. Kamal Musa, Lt. Temesgen Cherenet, and Lt. Taye Tesfaye who lost their lives during a helicopter crash on 9 February this year.