Rwandan police officers under UNMISS get UN medals for outstanding service

Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Female peacekeeping officers have a greater sensitivity than their male counterparts when it comes to issues particular to women, Rwandan Inspector of Police Maurice Nyierema, serving the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), remarked on Monday.

Emphasizing the importance of having female police officers serving the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, Nyierema said: “They allow us to do a better job because we are working in an area [the protection sites] with many women and children. Female officers have a greater sensitivity when it comes to issues particular to women and can identify with them as fellow sisters.”

Nyierema made the remark at a UN medals presentation to 183 Rwandese police officers, including 30 women, for having served the UNMISS with diligence and dedication.

“Your work has had a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of South Sudanese civilians,” said Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy Head of the peacekeeping mission and the guest of honour at the function. He handed out the medals on behalf of the UN Secretary-General.

The Rwandese Formed Police Unit 2, consisting of 160 officers, arrived in South Sudan in April 2017, followed by an additional 23 individual police officers last July. They have all been based in the capital Juba, where their main tasks have been city patrols and public order management in the UN mission’s protection sites for civilians seeking shelter.

Rwanda has approximately 2,600 uniformed personnel, police and troops, serving in South Sudan.

Inspector of Police Nyierema, one of the deserving medal recipients at the ceremony, said that his country’s recent history (the 1994 genocide) motivated him to serve as a peacekeeper.

“What happened in Rwanda makes my conviction stronger that we cannot allow something like that to happen ever again, in any place of the world,” he said.
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19 february 2018 18:28:45

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