Bangladesh Army plays pivotal role in establishing world peace
SW Desk Report
Bangladesh Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed has emphasized on the need of professionalism and sincerity to uphold the image of Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh at home and abroad.
The General, who was visiting Juba, the capital city of South Sudan in an effort to encourage and view exchange with the Bangladesh contingent of the UN Peacekeeping Mission has said this recently.
The army chief visited the Bangladesh Engineer Construction Company and the Bangladesh Regional Protection Force in Juba. During the visit, the contingent commanders briefed him about the overall situation in the mission area and the work of Bangladeshi peacekeepers there.
General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed.
The Army Chief took part in a views-exchange meeting with all the Bangladeshi peacekeepers and congratulated everyone for their good work and reputation in South Sudan despite facing hundreds of adversities.
General also visited the headquarters of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba. During his visit to the UNMISS force headquarters, he was briefed about various aspects of the UN mission in South Sudan by Acting Force Commander, Major General Main Ullah Chowdhury, with military staff officers present from other countries.
After the briefing, he toured the force headquarters and exchanged greetings with military staff officers from various countries.
The army chief visited the Contingent Force Maritime Unit of the Bangladesh Navy and exchanged greetings with them.
The General went to Wau, a city in northwestern South Sudan on the western bank of the Jur River, to visit the Bangladesh Infantry Battalion stationed there. He took part in a darbar meeting attended by contingent officials of all ranks.
Bangladesh’s reputation has spread worldwide with the service of humanity at the risk of life. With the participation of 1 lakh 76 thousand 669 Bangladeshis, 54 UN peacekeeping missions have been completed in 40 countries. Of these, 1 lakh 56 thousand 353 were members of the armed forces and 20 thousand 316 were members of the police.
Among the armed forces, there were 1,42,790 in the army, 6,012 in the navy and 7,551 in the air force. Of these, 2,184 were female peacekeepers. Among them 429 are women in the army, 22 thousand in the navy, 110 in the air force and 1,623 in the police force.
At present, there are 6,742 peacekeepers working in 9 UN peacekeeping missions in Bangladesh. Of these, 6,241 are members of the armed forces and 501 are members of the police. Among the armed forces, 5,308 are from the army, 345 from the navy and 588 from the air force.
At present, there are 284 Bangladeshi women peacekeepers on UN peacekeeping missions. Among them are 119 from the army, five from the navy, 10 from the air force and 150 from the police.
Bangladesh is currently the largest sender of peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping operations. So far, 159 Bangladeshi peacekeepers have died in the line of duty. Even after that, the peacekeepers of Bangladesh are playing an important role in the UN peacekeeping missions. They have mingled with the people of the countries concerned. Appreciating the role of Bangladeshi peacekeepers, Sierra Leone wanted to make Bengali the main language of their country. But since they could not do so according to the constitution, Bengali is now the second language of the country. Participating in UN peacekeeping operations since 1988, Bangladeshi peacekeepers have shown the highest professionalism, loyalty and courage. Their unique contributions have brightened the country’s image in the international arena and enabled our peacekeepers to secure a dignified position in peacekeeping missions.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to 129 peacekeepers from 44 countries, including eight Bangladeshis who sacrificed their lives in UN peacekeeping operations. The medal was presented at a ceremony marking International Peacekeeping Day at the UN headquarters in New York recently. Among the recipients of the medal are 8 peacekeepers of Bangladesh, which is the highest as a single country.