US Senior Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells expressed on Wednesday that she was inspired by the award-winning women peacekeepers working in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“Inspired by Pakistani women serving with distinction in the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC,” said a tweet shared on Wells behalf by the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
The US diplomat praised the first Pakistani all-female group pf 15 peacekeepers through her tweet. The women were given medals the previous week for their services to the affected eastern DRC.
Earlier this month, the female peacekeepers, summoned with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), were given a UN medal at a ceremony in Adikivu in South Kivu, which is one of the provinces of the central African country.
Since June last year, the team of 15 female officers serving in major and captain ranks has been stationed in the war-torn country.
The officers range from a number of professions including psychologists, stress counselors, vocational training officers, gender experts, physicians, nurses, security officers, intelligence officers, and logistics officers.
Pakistan has a history of sending its troops to different UN peacekeeping missions, and is also known for decades as one of the largest contributors to troops and police.
According to the United Nations, Pakistani forces are currently serving in seven UN operations, majority of them deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan’s Darfur region and the Central African Republic.