Col. Nazma with a total of 56 officers who included six women from the Bangladeshi medical contingent, were honored after serving for six months in Cote d’Ivoire’s central-west region of Daloa, under the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (ONUCI).
The ceremony was held on Tuesday in the presence of the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cote d’Ivoire M’Baye Babacar Cisse, ONUCI interim commander General M’Bemba Keita as well as local administrative, political and military authorities.
“The Bangladeshi contingent will remain in our memory not just because of the considerable medical assistance it gave to local communities but also because it was led by Col. Nazma Begum, the first female commander of a medical contingent in the UN’s history,” the statement said.
Cisse hailed the “excellent work” of the battalion, highlighting “the rigour, professionalism and courage with which its members carried themselves.”
Keita thanked the contingent commander for the “exemplary leadership” and the Bangladeshi government for taking into account the “gender dimension” within its army.
Colonel Nazma hailed the perfect collaboration between her contingent and other local ONUCI departments as well as with the Cote d’Ivoire authorities and population.
Bangladesh has been actively involved in UN peacekeeping missions with close to 8,000 soldiers and police officers deployed in 18 missions across the world. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana