Some of the 500 Ghanaian soldiers who have been serving with the United Nations Emergency Force - UNEF - in Egypt were given a tumultuous welcome home to Accra on Wednesday (7th August).
Some of the 500 Ghanaian soldiers who have been serving with the United Nations Emergency Force - UNEF - in Egypt were given a tumultuous welcome home to Accra on Wednesday (7th August). The 106 men, including nine officers, have completed a six-month tour of duty.
Last month the Ghana contingent was decorated with UN medals. General Ensio Siilasvuo the Commander of UNEF who made the presentation, commended the contingent for its rare soldiery, qualities of physical fitness, endurance, devotion and dedication to service.
Brigadier W.K. Akuffo, the Commander of Ghana's Army, was at Kotoka airport to welcome the soldiers home. Their wives and families, in a much less formal welcome, showered their men with powder, a traditional Ghanaian welcome.
The previous day, Tuesday (6th August), soldiers of Ghana's First Infantry Battalion were given last minute instructions in preparation for their departure to the Middle East to replace the men from the Sixth Infantry Battalion. The eight officers and 94 men from the Battalion flew out that night.
The units are based at El Fanara on the West Suez Canal, and are, currently deployed in the buffer zone between the two sides, sharing duties with contingents from several other countries.