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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, who was himself one of the persons rescued by the Captain in 1994, asked 

"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."

 


Captain Mbaye Diagne was buried with military honors in Touba, in his native Senegal.

His bravery was long forgotten by all but his family and a group of friends who later formed the Association of Captain Mbaye Diagne for the Culture of Peace.

It took many long years, but progressively, the Captain’s courage was recognized by all.

On 4 July 2010 (Rwanda’s Liberation Day) he 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.

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.

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

 

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.

 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, Yacine Diop Diagne, and his children Coumba and Cheikh.



In April - May 2015, with Oxfam’s support, the Association of Captain Mbaye Diagne produced the documentary

“Niani: on nous tue mais on ne nous déshonore pas” in French and in Wolof (the Captain’s native language), a film by the renowned Senegalese director Moussa Sene Absa

 

During the filming of the documentary, a group of Dakar graffiti artists performed a portrait of Captain Mbaye Diagne on the wall of Corniche HLM in Dakar on 23 April 2015.

Always in 2015, the Mostar Endowment established the Captain Mbaye Diagne Scholarship which is attributed yearly to enable a young Senegalese and a young

Rwandan to study for two years at the United World College in Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


On 18 May 2016, the President of the Association, Yacine Diop Diagne, and the Captain’s children Coumba and Cheikh were invited to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, presented to them the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage.

 

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