Thirty-two Cameroonian female police officers have been posted to trouble-stricken Darfur in Sudan, according to the officer in charge of coordinating the UN peacekeeping mission, Commissioner of Police Nyake.
Nyake said the move to send more Cameroonian police officers to Darfur, was as a result of the previous performance of Cameroonians in peacekeeping missions, described by UN authorities as very positive.
According to the Director of the Yaounde Police Academy, Ndoum Ndongo, the Cameroonian Police have actively participated in UN Peacekeeping Missions in countries such as Cambodia, Chad, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Haiti and Burundi.
“Our Academy trains and sends out police officers with unquestionable morale, especially our female officers,” he added.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in a statement to mark the UN Peacekeeping Day said the day is meant to honour the men and women who lost their live while serving under the UN flag.
“This year’s commemoration is a somber one. The past 14 months have been especially deadly for UN peacekeeping: ambushes in Darfur, terrorism in Kabul and a plane crash in Haiti. These were among the tragedies that struck peacekeeping last year, killing 121 people,” Ki-moon said.
“The toll was nearly matched in a few seconds with the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti last January. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti lost 96 peacekeepers- the biggest single loss of life in peacekeeping history. As we honour such moving displays of courage and dedication, we also pay tribute to the more than 122 000 military, police and civilian personnel who serve with distinction in our operations across the world.
“Their efforts help millions of people by providing security and promoting reconciliation; clearing land mines and demobilizing combatants; strengthening institutions and the rule of law; delivering aid and repatriating refugees and displaced persons; and supporting democratic elections; reforming the security sector.”
Pic: Cameroon police and soliders