A true fighting spirit has been shown by this award-winning major of the UN Peacekeeping Force. Major Saima who was deployed in Congo is unable to return home due to the coronavirus. Nonetheless, she remains unfazed by the challenges she is facing even when she has a toddler waiting for her at home. This story of bravery was published on Twitter UN peacekeeping’s own account on Monday.
The account quoted her statement on the ongoing situation:
“My duty was ending on 6 April, but I’m unable to go home due to COVID-19. My two-year-old is asking, ‘Mama, when will you be back?’ I’m worried, but my passion for work has increased manifolds. Together we can slow the spread.”
Peacekeeper of the Day:
"My duty was ending on 6 April, but I'm unable to go home due to #COVID19. My 2-yr-old is asking, 'Mama, when will you be back?' I'm worried, but my passion for work has increased manifolds. Together we can slow the spread." #PKDay #womeninpeacekeeping pic.twitter.com/V0dK3VIKO0
— UN Peacekeeping (@UNPeacekeeping) May 11, 2020
Major Sima Rehman became the first female from the Pakistan Army to be selected for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) certificate of 2019. The certificate was awarded to her for her exceptional performance in Mission Level Studies, analysis, and other valuable contributions. It was awarded to her by Major-General Thierry Lion on behalf of the SRSG.
Pakistani women who have been deployed in this area have been applauded by UN and US officials and many other authorities various times. In February, Pakistan’s female peacekeepers, part of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO), were awarded a UN medal at a ceremony in Adikivu in South Kivu, one of the provinces of the central African country. This sure is a proud achievement for us women back home.
The team of 15 female officers, who serve at the ranks of major and captain, have been stationed in the war-torn country since June last year. The officers are psychologists, stress counsellors, vocational training officers, gender advisors, doctors, nurses, operations officers, information officers and logistics officers.