Fifty Indian peacekeepers who have been stationed in South Sudan were awarded the UN Medal for their impressive professionalism and services in keeping civilians safe as well as ‘building durable peace’ in the intensely conflict-ridden region. The honored Indian peacekeepers are an integral and vital part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The UN Medal awarding ceremony was attended by Srikumar Menon, the Indian Ambassador to South Sudan, who thanked and appreciated them for their services and commitment in the volatile belt.
“India is committed to the objectives of the UN Charter and therefore is ready to support the United Nations’ peacekeeping efforts globally,” said Ambassador Menon at the ceremony.
The peacekeepers have been deployed with the Indian battalion and stationed at Bor in South Sudan’s Jonglei region. Their hard work and efforts to keeping peace in the region have been acknowledged with this award.
The distinguished battalion has supported the mandate of the United Nations and has been increasingly vital to the overall peace progress of the region. The battalion was awarded the UN Medal by the UNMISS Force Commander General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi.
While presenting the UN Medal to the Indian peacekeepers, General Kamanzi acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of the Indian battalion in carrying out patrols in the potentially dangerous region. He also showed his appreciation for their work in providing a safe, secure environment for the close to 2,500 refugees who sought shelter and protection at the UN Protection of Civilians site at Bor.
Stated General Kamanzi, “I would like to thank the Indian battalion for their courage and professionalism in executing their mandate in Jonglei.” The esteemed battalion was appreciated and paid tribute to by the Jonglei local government as well.
In a UN-issued media release, Jonglei Acting Governor Agot Alier said that the Indian battalion ‘provided much-needed services to the community outside of their core mandate.’ These included medical assistance for local residents and supporting the local farmers by providing the necessary veterinary treatment for their animals.
In the middle of Africa and bordered by six countries, South Sudan is the newest nation in the world. Rich in oil but among the least developed nations in the world owing to decades of endless civil war, South Sudan needs peace now more than ever.
Armed rebellion, border clashes, political frictions and even cattle feuds, South Sudan has seen more than its fair share of violence. The work of organizations and individuals like the Indian peacekeepers is more valuable than the oil of the region. Commending good work like this will encourage more people to do their bit in keeping peace in South Sudan as well as other conflict-riddled parts of the world.