In the Service of Peace: UNMHA Military Observers Are Awarded the UN Special Medal
Five international military observers of the UN Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement were awarded the United Nations Special Medal Award by the Chief of Mission, Michael Beary, for their invaluable contribution to peace and security in Hudaydah.
The recipients —Major Jiujiuwa Cati VAKALOLOMA from Fiji, Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell ESSUMAN from Ghana, Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Mario COFINO ZECENA from Guatemala, as well as Lieutenant Colonel Sashi THAPA and Lieutenant Colonel Krishna KHADKA Chhetri both from Nepal— were honored during a special ceremony that marked their commitment and merit in service that earned them the prestigious award.
The event took place at the UNMHA compound in Hudaydah and highlighted the military observers’ many achievements throughout their service; particularly within a complex environment that demands resilience, adaptability and a profound sense of duty.
“Their contributions have not only enhanced the safety and security of the Mission but have also left a lasting positive impact on the people they have served,” concluded the Head of Mission, Michael Beary.
About the UN Special Medal Award:
This Medal is awarded to military staff members who have served at least 30 days in a Mission without demerit. The United Nations Special Service Medal is a circular bronze medal, which bears the inscription “In the service of peace”. The color combination consists of a large UN blue stripe, framed between two white stripes.