Battalion of Ugandan UN soldiers in Somalia feted for distinguished service

26 Jun 2016

Battalion of Ugandan UN soldiers in Somalia feted for distinguished service

A reinforced battalion of UN soldiers serving in Somalia have been feted for their distinguished service. The soldiers received medals and certificates at an awards ceremony presided by the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Mr. Michael Keating.

“We as the UN family could not work here if you were not here making that possible. I want to recognize and thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing,” said SRSG Keating in his commendation to the soldiers.

The UN soldiers have completed a one-year tour of duty in Somalia, where they served the Mission in the UN Guard Unit.

“I plan to go to Kampala and I will certainly make a point of telling the President, the Chief of Defense Force, politicians and leaders just how special you are for us and thank them too for your services. Thank you all so much and well done,” added Mr. Keating.

The UN Guard Unit provides protection to the United Nations civilian personnel, facilities and installations in Somalia.

“This medal has given me the opportunity to continue working with the UN. I believe it has opened doors for me,” said a confident looking Sergeant Harriet Nanono, a medical officer with UN Guards Unit.

Her sentiments were echoed by Corporal Ojera Dennis who said, “I appreciate the UN for what it has done for us. It is not easy to get a medal unless you work hard.”

The colorful awards ceremony held in Mogadishu was attended by the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC), for Somalia, Hon. Lydia Wanyoto and the Acting Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia Major General Nakibus Lakara.