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Portuguese UN peacekeepers stand in honor guard formation at the MINUSCA. Image credit: Minusca/Leonel Grothe
Central Africa: The story of Portugal’s UN peacekeepers serving the people of the Central African Republic is told in the form of the following Photostory.
Portuguese peacekeepers are playing a key role in protecting civilians in the Central African Republic as part of the UN’s mission in the country, MINUSCA.
Portugal is a key partner of the UN’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative which seeks to build stronger, more effective operations with leaner & more focused mandates.
Image credit: Leonel Grothe
The Portuguese force of around 200 personnel includes quick reaction forces, light infantry soldiers and other specialists. Image credit: United Nations.
Women peacekeepers play a key role in helping to stabilize the Central African Republic, which has suffered from insecurity over a number of years. Image credit: Minusca/Leonel Goethe
The Portuguese contingent operates in some of the most dangerous parts of the Central African Republic and have come under fire from armed groups. The peacekeepers implement a wide range of mandated tasks, including protecting civilians. Image credit: United Nations
In addition to patrolling, Portuguese peacekeepers often provide medical care to people in areas where health services have been disrupted. Image credit: Minusca/Herve Sereflo
Portuguese Major General Paulo Emanuel Maia Pereira is currently the Deputy Force Commander of MINUSCA which has around 13,500 uniformed personnel. Image credit: Minusca/David Manuya
Currently, the largest deployment of Portuguese forces to a UN peacekeeping mission is in the Central African Republic. Portuguese personnel also served in large numbers in other missions including Timor Leste. Image credit: UN Photo/Martin Perret
Here a Portuguese peacekeeper in Timor-Leste (left) relaxes at night with a Brazilian colleague after walking four hours to a village in the mountains to interview a local leader about the security situation as part of community engagement efforts. Image credit: UN Photo/Martin Perret