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Indian peacekeeper to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

Indian peacekeeper to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

An Indian peacekeeper is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured with a prestigious UN medal this year for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.

Police Officer Jitender Kumar made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Central African country of Congo.

He will be honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on 24 May as the world organisation observes the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award given by the United Nations to military personnel, police, or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin would collect the medal on behalf of the fallen Indian peacekeeper at a solemn ceremony at the UN in New York.

International Day of UN Peacekeepers: 29 May 2019

India’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping Missions

India is the fourth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping. 

It currently contributes more than 6,400 military and police personnel to the UN peace operations in Abyei, Cyprus, Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, West Asia, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

According to the UN information 2018, India has lost the highest number of its peacekeepers deployed in various UN peacekeeping operations in the last 70 years, with 163 military, police and civilian personnel from the country making the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

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