The Burundi army says its troops contribute in UN peacekeeping missions at a high price, including giving up lives.
As the world celebrated the International Day of UN peacekeepers on Tuesday, Burundi army said "Burundi military plays an important role in peacekeeping missions in which they pay a big sacrifice".
Col. Gaspard Baratuza, the Spokesman for the Burundi army said the sacrifice troops pay is both human and material. "Some fall on the battlefield, but we never give up."
Other facets of the sacrifice they pay include health and socio-emotional problems. Col. Baratuza says some of men and women in uniform contract diseases due to unfamiliar climate.
At times, they depress about social issues such as not being able to take part in important family occasions.
Burundi has troops deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR) as UN peacekeepers from 2014. They are over 800 and are part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MUNISCA).