Indian peacekeeping troops received United Nations medals for their stellar performance
Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan
New Delhi: It is a proud day for all of us Indians as 135 peacekeepers have been awarded UN medals for their stellar performance in South Sudan. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said on its official Twitter handle, ‘Greetings to the people of India! About 135 of your peacekeepers based in South Sudan and serving with UNMISS have received UN Medals for their outstanding performance in Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Region. #ServingForPeace’
The medals were placed on the chest of the soldiers by their UN Force Commander in Bor. “My heartfelt congratulations to all these officers for their contribution towards fulfillment of UNMISS mandate in this challenging environment,” said Lt Gen Shailesh Tinikar, Force Commander of Peace Mission.
UNMISS said Indian troops are stationed at a temporary operating base at Bor, Pibor and Akobo and are engaged in a range of activities including civil-military cooperation such as veterinary camps. Indian peacekeepers, like anyone working in Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative Region, have dealt with the often violent reality in a volatile part of South Sudan, often rife with inter-sectarian violence. The floods and the resulting displacement of thousands of people further complicate matters.
Sector East Commander Brigadier General Deepak Kumar Bania said, “I appreciate the desire to achieve peace amongst all the well-deserved medal winners on this day. Sometimes the price of peace is very high.’ This statement is supported by the fact that India’s participation in a total of 49 peacekeeping missions across the world has claimed 157 lives.
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