NIGERIA FORMED POLICE UNIT UN MEDAL AWARD CEREMONY – MAY 29, 2007 – PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
have been UN troops stationed here in Haiti since President Aristid was
forced to leave the country Feb. 29, 2004. We often see them on road,
at check points and patrolling Port-au-Prince. We always smile, wave
and greet them. We’ve seen them from places like Brazil, Jordan, Sri
Lanka, Senegal, Uruguay, France, and Canada.
Felix has been able to make contact with the Nigeria Formed Police Unit (FPU) as they come in for 6 month time periods. Last November (see blog Nov. 8, 2006) we participated in the UN Medal Award ceremony and we again invited to be present last Tuesday. It was a day full of pomp and
military fanfare. The heads of the other nations’ Formed Police Units
(FPU) were there, supported by their staff. They included
representatives from France, Canada, China, Nepal, Jordan, Argentina,
Senegal, Bokina Faso, and Sri Lanka. The Nigerian FPU Advance Drill
presented a regimented drill and there were cultural dances. It was
It is amazing how much they love taking pictures! We had numerous soldiers come over to take our picture, then take pictures with them, one after the other. Kind of made me feel like I was some kind of celebrity! Every time we were about to leave, someone else asked to have a photo taken.
Here is the video clip of the marching routine. (For more photos, see the blog from last November. There wasn’t much difference between the ceremonies.) the most amazing thing was the dance group of three Haitian girls. They danced for at least 5 minutes barefoot on the gravel you can see in the marching video. I don’t know how they did it. Ouch!