India has lost highest number of personnel in UN peacekeeping mission

U.N. peacekeepers in the South Sudanese town of Yei | File photo

U.N. peacekeepers in the South Sudanese town of Yei | File photo   | Photo Credit:


India has suffered the highest number of fatalities (164 out of 6,593 personnel) among countries that have sent forces to the United Nations peacekeeping mission since 1948.

Ethiopia and Rwanda have contributed the highest number of personnel, followed by three Asian countries — Bangladesh, India and Nepal. These five nations together account for a third of the total peacekeeping force.

The interactive below shows the number of personnel contributed and the number of lives lost in each country. The top right corner indicates countries which have contributed the most personnel, but also have the most number of deaths. Tallies include men and women personnel.


Close to 3,800 personnel have been killed during missions since 1948. Of them, 164 were Indians. Most of the deaths occurred during missions to Congo in the 1960s and former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.



India lost most of its personnel to “malicious acts” (deaths due to factors like revolution, riots, sabotage, terrorism and murder). Accidents and illness were other causes.

Nearly 80% of the Indian peacekeepers are deployed in Central African Republic and South Sudan in various sections. Click on the below circles to see how many personnel have been deployed in what capacity.


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