Composition of Unamir

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (Unamir) was at first made up of 2,548 military personnel, then reduced to 270 on 21 April 1994. After the Genocide, it was greatly enlarged to 5,442 personnel.

The table below shows the U.N. member states which had troops in Rwanda, as of 30 November 1994.

Contributing CountryPoliceTroopsObserversTotal
Argentina--11
Australia-308-308
Austria--1515
Bangladesh--2929
Canada-37620396
Chad-132-132
Republic of Congo-38-38
Djibouti15--15
Ethiopia-805-805
Fiji--11
Ghana1082957896
Guinea--1515
Guinea-Bissau2035-55
India-32616342
Jordan5--5
Malawi-17010180
Mali1020029239
Niger-43-43
Nigeria1033815363
Poland--22
Russian Federation--1515
Senegal-241-241
Tunisia-84410854
United Kingdom-7-7
Uruguay--2424
Zambia1045510475
Zimbabwe--2626
Total805,1472955,522

Sadly, the precise composition of Unamir at other dates is not easily available. Before the Genocide, Belgium contributed approximately 400 troops to the mission, despite a U.N. rule that peacekeeping missions in a given country may not contain troops from that country’s former colonial ruler. After Belgium and other countries withdrew their troops, the 270 that remained were largely from Canada, Ghana, Senegal, Uruguay, Russia, India and Bangladesh.

Source

United Nations. “UNAMIR.” United Nations. United Nations Organization. Web. 09 Sept. 2010. <http://www.un.org/Depts/DPKO/Missions/unamir_b.htm>.