Tributes

SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL

General Romeo Dallaire, Captain Mbaye Diagne’s commander in Rwanda, wrote in his book Shake Hands with the Devil“He was the bravest of all”. BBC’s Mark Doyle wrote, “Can you imagine the blanket media coverage that a dead British or American peacekeeper of Mbaye’s bravery and stature would have received? He got almost none.” Buried with military honors in his native Senegal, Captain Mbaye Diagne’s bravery was long forgotten. It took many long years, but eventually, the Captain’s courage is recognized.

He was the bravest of all!

On 4 July 2010 (Rwanda’s Liberation Day) Captain Mbaye Diagne was officially recognized as a hero by Rwanda that awarded the Umurinzi Prize to his widow, Ms. Yacine Mar Diop Diagne, and his two children, Coumba and Cheikh.

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On 17 October 2010, the Garden of World’s Righteous of Padua, in Italy, planted a three dedicated to Captain Mbaye Diagne, in the presence of his widow and orphans.

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On 6 April 2011, Captain Mbaye Diagne was honored by the US Secretary of State Ms. Hillary Clinton for his bravery during the genocide.

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RECOGNIZING AND PORTRAITS

On 6 April 2014, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, BBC broadcast the documentary “A Good Man in Rwanda” dedicated to Captain Mbaye Diagne.

On 8 May 2014, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2154/2014 recognizing the heroic sacrifice of the Captain in 1994 and establishing the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Extraordinary Courage.

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On 5 May 2015, the Government of Senegal posthumously honored Captain Mbaye Diagne in the frame of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the presence of his widow and children.

In April – May 2015, Oxfam produced the documentary “Niani: on nous tue mais on ne nous déshonore pas” on Captain Mbaye Diagne in French and Wolof (the Captain’s native language), by the renowned Senegalese director Moussa Sene Absa. In the frame of the documentary, on 23 April 2015, a group of Dakar graffiti artists performed a portrait of Captain Mbaye Diagne on the wall of Corniche HLM in Dakar.

The official presentation of the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Extraordinary Courage by the United Nations is expected to take place on the occasion of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70), which is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on 15 September 2015.

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