UNAMID Military Personnel Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Rwanda’s Independence
With a military parade, a martial arts demonstration, national anthems and speeches delivered in El Fasher, North Darfur, UNAMID’s Rwandan military personnel celebrated the 50th anniversary of Rwanda’s independence in a ceremony that followed the theme “a journey of resilience.”
UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative Operations and Management Mohamed Yonis, Force Commander Lt. Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba (who is from Rwanda), UNAMID personnel and representatives from Sudanese civil society attended the ceremony.
“Rwanda’s 50th anniversary of independence is a time for celebration but it’s also a time for reflection,” said Lt. Gen. Nyamvumba. “It’s a time to reflect on our journey toward real independence; draw lessons from our past failures; get inspiration from our many achievements; and strengthen our resolve to attain our vision of a united, prosperous and dignified nation.”
“In pursuit of the African dream for durable peace and self-reliance, Rwanda’s contribution to African unity and development has been exemplary,” said DJSR Yonis in a speech at the ceremony. “Since your independence 50 years ago, your journey has been filled with challenges, but your presence here in Darfur clearly demonstrates your country’s courage and ability to rise from the difficult moments of your own history and stay determined and committed to promoting international peace and security.”
By Photo Release, 02/07/2012