[PHOTOS]: UN decorates Rwandan Police peacekeepers in Haiti
The United Nations, on July 3, decorated 140 Rwandan Police officers serving under its peacekeeping mission in Haiti, with service medals.
The medals serve as recognition of their efforts in furthering peace and security in the Caribbean nation.
The decorated officers form the 8th Rwandan Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU8) contingent deployed in Haiti in August last year, where they serve various duties including crowd control, protection of key installations and infrastructures, escort of top UN staff and other related duties, as well as rendering humanitarian assistance, among others.
RWAFPU8 is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Yahaya Kamunuga.
The medal parade held at the RWAFPU8 camp base in Jeremie, was presided over by Police Commissioner, Brig Gen Georges-Pierre Monchotte and as well as other top government officials.
The UN Security Council, in April last year, extended the UN mandate in Haiti under a new entity—UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
Under the new mandate, the new UN body mainly supports the Government of Haiti in strengthening rule-of-law institutions, further develop and support the Haitian National Police and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis.
The medal ceremony dwelt much on the peacekeeping journey and contribution of Rwandan peacekeepers in both physical and human security activities over the last eight years of Rwandans participation in peace building activities in Haiti.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) started its peacekeeping operations in Haiti in 2010 when its first FPU contingent was deployed following the catastrophic earthquake in that killed over 100, 000 people and displaced over three million others.
“We are here to celebrate and recognize your contribution to peace and security of Haiti. We recognize your efforts to ensure the safety of the people and contributing to the community development through your various initiatives like community work,” the Police Commissioner said.
The Rwandan peacekeepers have been conducting Umuganda through which through which they organized residents in rehabilitating roads, construction and renovations of houses for the vulnerable families, clearing shrubs to fight malaria, providing health services to the people, supporting orphans and the disadvantaged families, and responding to disasters like floods.
Constructing house for poor family
Meanwhile, the medal parade also included the official handover of the house constructed by the decorated officers for a disadvantaged family in Jeremie.
The house was constructed out of financial contribution by each of the 140 Rwandan police peacekeepers in Haiti.
The beneficiaries, who is among those were displaced by the 2016 Matthew Hurricane storm, thanked the peacekeepers for the generosity and for giving them a modern place to call home.