On Tuesday, peacekeepers from 33 countries, who lost their lives in the line of duty were recognized by the United Nations.
Among them were Rwandans.
Four of the Dag Hammarskald medals, given to those who've died in peace keeping missions, were handed to Rwanda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.
While Private Samuel Ntakirutimana, Corporal John Twahirwa, Police Sergeant Serge Kamari and Violette Kabatesi, served in different missions worldwide, what they all had was a shared sense of service and sacrifice.
The fact that their lives and character are being celebrated by the UN is something to be commended.
However, while the awarding of the medals is a positive, what the UN must ensure is that their lives aren't lost in vain. In the past one year, 112 peacekeepers have lost their lives in the line of duty, excluding the 31 who died since the beginning of this year.
The officers died in the quest of peace and stability.
The UN should maintain its mission to ensure peace and stability across the world. However to achieve this, the peacekeepers should be adequately equipped and mechanisms put in place to ensure that they keep within their mandate.
The experience in Eastern DRC with MONUSCO is not inspiring at all.
As we remember those who lost their lives, let us reflect on how best the peacekeeping missions can help restore security amongst the people they serve.