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Rwandan President Paul Kagame awarded medals to two retired senior officers from the Ghanaian army, who served in different peacekeeping roles during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi.The senior Ghanaian officers who received each the “National Order of Bravery” “Indengabaganizi”, as Rwanda celebrated the 28th anniversary of liberation last Monday, are Major General Henry Kwami Anyidoho and Major General Joseph Narh Adinkra. General Anyidoho was celebrated for his bravery, humanity and leadership during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. At the time, he led a Ghanaian contingent deployed to serve in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), then headed by Canadian General Roméo Dallaire. The escalation of the genocide in Rwanda had prompted the United Nations Security Council to call for the evacuation of peacekeeping troops from the East African country. However, General Anyidoho is one of the few foreign peacekeeping troops to have courageously refused to abandon the Rwandans to their fate, in defiance of the evacuation order of the United Nations Security Council. Lt. Col. Joseph Narh Adinkra was among a small group of officers deployed ahead of the peacekeeping contingent. He had to manage the operations and administrative matters that facilitate the deployment of the main mission. Joe Adinkra became Major General, worked as Chief of Staff of the Ghanaian Army from March 31, 2009 to April 4, 2013. Rwanda Liberation Day celebrated on July 4, is observed to mark the end of a period of genocidal government and the beginning of liberation from oppression, according to a statement.

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