Bravery medal for peacekeepers considered by UN

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A blue helmet surrounded by individual vases and lilies representing the fallen peacekeepers. UN Photo/Daniel Vilnersson

A medal for peacekeepers who have demonstrated acts of bravery while serving with United Nations missions is being considered by the Security Council.

The proposal was made by Jordan’s ambassador to the UN, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, after watching a documentary on a Senegalese peacekeeper, Captain Mbaye Diagne.

Captain Diagne is said to have saved hundreds of Rwandans during the genocide of 1994.

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, suggested the medal for extreme bravery to a Security Council meeting on the genocide.

"The Secretary-General would award it to those military and civilian UN personnel who demonstrate outrageous courage, in the face of the most incredible and continuous danger when saving or rescuing people from almost certain death in the service of humanity and the UN."

The decoration would be called the "Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage."

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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