Indonesian peacekeepers prepare to serve for peace
“Our passion, our spirit of the Garuda troops,” the Indonesian Engineering battalion chanted to welcome staff from UNIC Jakarta (Photo: UNIC Jakarta)
“Our passion, our spirit of the Garuda troops,” the Indonesian Engineering battalion chanted to welcome staff from the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Jakarta to the Indonesia Peacekeeping Training Centre, just outside the capital.
The briefing room echoed with the chants of the 200 troops. Their movements and expressions communicated confidence and determination to be part of the solution to the many conflicts engulfing the world, far away from family and friends. This demonstrates the selfless service and sacrifice of peacekeepers in locations away from home, where sometimes, no one wishes to be.
Such chants help them to bond, raise their morale and become one family at peacekeeping missions around the world.
The troops were preparing for their upcoming deployment to the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). They were ready to listen to UNIC Jakarta’s presentation on the role of public information and communications in peacekeeping operations.
In her presentation, UNIC Acting Director Eshila Maravanyika noted that support for peacekeeping operations is essential. Thus, engaging with the local population is critical.
“Part of communications is knowing the local environment, tradition, language, etc. This can break barriers and facilitate more engagement with the local community,” she said.
Indonesia is one of the largest contributors of troops and police for UN peacekeeping operations and is currently involved in nine such missions around the world including MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo, UNIFIL in Lebanon, and UNMISS in South Sudan.
The country is in the process of increasing the number of women peacekeepers. Watch the chant: