The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be observed this Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath in honor of the more than 4,000 peacekeepers who have fallen under the UN flag since the first peacekeeping mission in 1948. He will also preside over a Dag Hammarskjöld Medal ceremony awarded posthumously to the 129 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives in 2020 and earlier this year.
In a statement received by PressAfrik, the UN organization informs that three soldiers from Senegal will be honored posthumously. They are Chief Warrant Officer Sanokho Mamadou and civilian staff member Mr. Papa Mouhamadou Ndiaye who served in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and Mr. Assane Ndiaye , who was a member of the national civilian staff at the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
Senegal is the 11th country contributing troops and police personnel to UN peacekeeping operations. More than 2,100 Senegalese soldiers and police are currently deployed in UN missions in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and South Sudan.