Malawi first contributed troops to UN peacekeeping in 1994. Today, it has over 900 uniformed personnel across several missions in Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (pictured).
Since 2013, Malawi has been part of MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade, mandated by the UN Security Council to ‘neutralize and disarm’ armed groups in the eastern DRC. Here, Malawian peacekeepers patrol alongside Government forces in November 2017.
Peacekeepers from Malawi also served in Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa as part of the successfully completed UN mission known as UNOCI. (August 2012)
More women are being deployed in UN peacekeeping missions across the world. Major Madalitso Malata of Malawi (pictured) serves with the joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as an Operations Officer at the Force Headquarters. She says: ‘It’s a remarkable experience to work in an environment where people from all levels are dedicated towards achieving the mandate.’ (July 2018)
Malawi has also deployed police officers to Darfur. Assistant Superintendent Anastasia Botoman (pictured) from the Malawi Police Service says serving in a UN mission has helped her to “learn more and contribute to building peace in the world.” Here, she meets local people in Nertiti, in Central Darfur. (July 2018)
Peacekeepers from Malawi have served in some of the most challenging parts of the world, including in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (pictured). Twenty Malawians have lost their lives serving with UN peace operations over the years. (March 2014)