Why we should honour UN heroes like Captain Diagne

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Captain Mbaye Diagne, from Senegal, single-handedly saved 1,000 people from the Rwanda genocide in 1994. Photo: L’Association du Capitaine Mbaye Diagne

The courageous story of fallen peacekeepers like Captain Mbaye Diagne should serve as a reminder that the UN's duty to protect "should prevail over all other considerations", his foundation has said.

Captain Diagne, from Senegal, was killed during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 while working as a military observer for the UN.

He is credited with saving 1,000 lives, a remarkable feat that has been recognized by the UN Security Council, which created a medal in his honour for exceptional bravery.

Ahead of an event at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday to commemorate UN peacekeepers, Enrico Muratore from the Association du Capitaine Mbaye Diagne, explained to Daniel Johnson why it is so important to keep the officer's memory alive.

Duration: 4'08"

 

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