Rwanda Defence Force has started the Relief in Place Operation for its troops deployed under United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The first group of peacekeepers from 11 Infantry Battalion left Kigali on 24 November 2016, to replace their colleagues of 59 Infantry Battalion, whose first batch arrived back home on the same day.
On behalf of RDF Chief of Defence Staff, The RDF Chief J3 (in Charge of Operation and Training), Brig Gen Chris Murari urged RDF peacekeepers going for mission to be good ambassadors of Rwanda and keep in mind their core mission of protecting civilians. “Be always guided by RDF values, work in team spirit and safeguard the good image of Rwanda by performing your mission at high standards”, he guided the outgoing RDF peacekeepers.
On the other hand, Brig Gen Murari welcomed the returning group of RDF peacekeepers.He congratulated them for having successfully concluded their tour of duty. He further urged them to maintain their discipline in future duties they will be assigned and to join other Rwandans in building the country.
Two other RDF Battalions under UNAMID are expected to be replaced during the just started rotation exercise.
Rwanda maintains 6 Battalions in peacekeeping missions, including 3 Battalions in Darfur (UNAMID), 2 Battalions and 1 Aviation Unit in South Sudan (UNMISS), as well as 1 Battalion and a Level 2 Hospital in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA).
Rwanda is currently the fifth largest troop and police contributing country to UN Peacekeeping missions globally.