UNMISS award Rwandan contingents

The Rwanda Aviation Unit 5 (RAU 5) was awarded UN Medals in recognition of their best service at United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Speaking during a jubilant ceremony at UNMISS, the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political), Moustapha Soumaré, said that the Government of Rwanda have been committed to the UN mission and to the people of South Sudan.

“The performance of the Rwanda Aviation Unit is critical to the success of UNMISS,” said Soumaré.

He said in a country like South Sudan where some areas are impossible to reach by road due to the poor networks, heavy rains and the desperate security situation, the RUA acknowledged the essential flight services provision to reach those hard-to-reach areas.

“Contributions made by RAU should set an example for others to emulate,” he said

Soumaré praised the eight Rwandan female peacekeepers in a contingent of 165, highlighting the need for more UN female peacekeepers to be deployed to UNMISS.

“The role and contribution of female personnel is crucial in a place like South Sudan,” he said.

according to UNMISS official RUA during their year of service, the unit has transported over 13,000 UN and African Union personnel, including medical evacuations, facilitated in the rotation of troops and airlifted 1,359 tons of cargo across the UN mission area in South Sudan.

The ceremony was attended by UN dignitaries including UNMISS Force Commander, Lt Gen Frank Kamanzi and Military Advisor  from UN headquarters , Lt. Gen. Carlos Loitey.

Rwanda currently deploys over six thousand UN peacekeepers around the world, including 2,288 in the UN mission in South Sudan.

By Kidega Livingstone

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