Mikenge, 13 April 2023 (TDI): In order to protect the refugees, Pakistani peacekeepers of MONUSCO conduct routine patrols around the Mikenge camp in South Kivu.
These patrols by Pakistani blue helmets are conducted to assure the population and prevent attacks from rebels.
Pakistani blue helmets
The country has been a key contributor to UN peacekeeping efforts since 1960, with over 200,000 troops and police officers deployed in 46 missions. Currently, 4,000 Pakistani Peacekeepers serve in eight operations.
Notably, in 2019, the first Pakistani Female Engagement Team joined MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote peace and security and showcase women’s crucial role in this field.
Over the past 60 years, 166 Pakistani blue helmets have made the ultimate sacrifice in their line of duty.
MONUSCO stands for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a peacekeeping mission deployed by the United Nations to support peace and stability in the DRC.
MONUSCO was established in 2010 and is the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the world, with more than 16,000 personnel from various countries.
MONUSCO was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2010 to support the peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The mission’s primary objectives are to protect civilians, assist the government in stabilizing the country, and promote human rights and the rule of law. The mission operates in a challenging environment, where violence and conflict have led to the displacement of millions of people.
In addition to peacekeeping activities, MONUSCO also engages in political and diplomatic efforts to support peace and stability in the DRC. The mission has been extended several times since its establishment and is expected to continue its operations in the foreseeable future.