As Rwandans celebrate National Heroes Day, Rwanda Peacekeepers serving under the United Nations in South Sudan (UNMISS) in MALAKAL were joined by the rest of the UNMISS Staff and Local Government Officials in that locality to mark the 24th anniversary of Rwanda’s National Heroes Day on 02 February 2018.
The colorful ceremony celebrated under the theme “Upholding heroism to build the Rwanda we want” was held in Malakal at Rwanbatt-2 Headquarters. The key messages delivered to the event participants focused mainly on heroism in Africa, in pre-colonial, colonialism and post-colonial periods in Rwanda and on Rwanda’s Journey towards prosperity.
The UNMISS Head of Field Office Madam Dewet HAZEL in her remarks thanked all delegates and participants who came to honor those who paid the ultimate price to liberate Rwanda and its Citizens. “We are really, really pleased to come here to celebrate an important day, Heroes day with you all as military or Formed Police Unit (FPU), the UNMISS family here in central Upper Nile, South Sudan. Through the years Rwandans are exemplary peacekeepers and phenomenon ambassadors of Rwanda”, she noted.
The UNMISS Head of Field Office went on to remind Rwandan Peacekeepers to support South Sudanese in the process of obtaining durable peace and prosperity. “We should work with fellow South Sudanese, so that we support them and thus seeking durable peace and prosperity in South Sudan”, she said before inviting James TOR MONY BOUNG, the Governor of Central Upper Nile State to give his remarks.
The Governor, in his remarks, said that “I would like to add my voice to everyone recognizing Rwandans, that today is a special day we commemorate heroes who lost their lives so that Rwanda becomes what it is today”. He further commended the good job that is being done by UNMISS peacekeepers especially Rwandese. “That’s what South Sudan wants, Rwanda was an exemplary country in post conflict recovery given the history of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that killed more than one million of people in 100 days.
“I assure you my cooperation and your contribution is well recognized, you are the bridge between POC (Protection of Civilians) and the people in Malakal town, we will continue to support each other”, he said.
The Rwanbatt-2, an infantry battalion deployed in the northern province Upper Nile in South Sudan, is part of 3 other RDF military units deployed in the country. The Rwandabatt-1 deployed in the Capital Juba with other deployments in in the Western and Eastern Equatoria Provinces as well as the Rwanda Aviation Unit deployed in Juba and Malakal and providing aviation services all over the country.