Nigeria lost more than 10% peacekeepers in 2012 – UN

Nigeria had the largest number of casualties among international peacekeepers in 2012, according to the United Nations (UN), which honoured peacekeepers onWednesday at its headquarters in New York, Empowered Newswire has reported. While 111 peacekeepers died last year, Nigeria alone had 17 fatalities, more than 10 per cent and Nigeria is the fifth largest contributor of peacekeepers to the UN with 4,736 serving worldwide.

The International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on Wednesday, marking “the fifth year in a row the United Nations will honour more than 100 Blue Helmets who lost their lives the previous year while serving the cause of peace.” A statement from the UN Secretariat added that “this sombre milestone is a stark reminder of the risks incurred by individuals who put their lives on the line when they deploy to UN missions around the world.”  Among the peacekeepers who died in 2012 were 17 from Nigeria, making the country the UN member-state with the most human sacrifice for world peace last year.

http://tribune.com.ng/news2013/en/news/item/13170-nigeria-lost-more-than-10-peacekeepers-in-2012-un.html

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