Ethiopia, Medal for the Ethiopian United Nations Mission to the Congo, 1960-1964.
Ethiopia, Medal for the Ethiopian United Nations Mission to the Congo, 1960-1964. Medal for the Ethiopian United Nations Mission to the Congo, 1960-1964. Circular gilt bronze medal with integral imperial Ethiopian crown suspension; the face with a map of Africa with the Congo in relief, surmounted by a star and within a stylised laurel wreath; the reverse with an Amharic inscription in Ge’ez; lacking ribbon. Condition: Extremely Fine. In June 1960 Belgium granted independence precipitately to the Congo (now Zaire), a country the size or Europe with a population of 16 million divided amongst more than 200 tribal and ethnic groups. Civil war broke out shortly afterwards, the mineral-rich province of Katanga seceded and contracted mercenaries and both the United States and the Soviet Union began supporting their proxies. The United Nations requested the urgent intervention of the forces of member states under UN supervision and Ethiopia responded immediately. During the years from 1960 to 1964, approximately 3,000 troops of the Imperial Bodyguard and part of an air force squadron served with the UN peacekeeping force in the Congo and saved the lives of many civilians. A rare and interesting award.