UN mission applauds Indian doctors helping civilians in South Sudan

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    New York: The UN mission in South Sudan has voiced appreciation for the critical work done at military field hospitals in the troubled nation by Indian doctors who have treated hundreds of patients during the fighting between the government and rebel forces.

    At the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Indian military field hospital in the city of Malakal, 976 patients have been treated since December 23. The hospital has performed over 134 major surgeries and 29 deliveries, the UN mission said.

    Deadly violence has engulfed the world's newest country since December 15 when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with rebels supporting the sacked deputy president Riek Machar, resulting in deaths of hundreds of people.

    The UN base in Malakal has been manned by Indian peacekeepers, who have been providing protection and assistance to thousands of civilians in the war-torn country.

    UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, visited UNMISS protection of civilian sites in Juba and Malakal last month.

    While in Malakal, Amos visited the looted and destroyed warehouses of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

    "There are tens of thousands of people in the town who need our help. Because of the looting, we cannot help as many as we would wish," Amos said.

    He expressed concern that interference in humanitarian activities were affecting humanitarians' ability to assist people in need.

    An estimated 702,000 people are currently internally displaced and 123,000 refugees have fled to other countries.

    Indian peacekeepers have also laid down their lives in the conflict. In April last year, five Indian UNMISS peacekeepers were killed when they were ambushed by about 200 attackers near Jonglei State as they escorted a United Nations convoy.

    Two UNMISS Indian Battalion troops were killed in action and one was injured on December 19 in Akobo following an assault on a UNMISS base.

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    Re: UN mission applauds Indian doctors helping civilians in South Suda

    Can somebody explain why Indian soldiers (or soldiers from any other country) should die, fighting for problems that we didn't create or which will not benefit us. What is the logic behind this ? Don't tell me it is to earn goodwill... goodwill of whom ? South Sudan ? :pft:
     
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    http://indianexpress.com/article/wo...build-bridge-record-time-south-sudan-5024109/
    By: PTI | United Nations | Updated: January 14, 2018 4:41 pm
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    According to the Mission, the next phase is installing appropriate structures and marram to bolster the bridge’s strength to withstand the next rainy season. (AP File Photo)

    Indian peacekeepers rebuild bridge in record time in South Sudan

    "The project was vital to allow other critical road repairs in the region," Lt Colonel Nishkam Puri, in-charge of the Indian engineering company that rebuilt the bridge, was quoted as saying.


    http://indianexpress.com/article/wo...build-bridge-record-time-south-sudan-5024109/


    People in a South Sudan village have been saved a perilous neck-deep wade across a river to reach a town and access basic services, thanks to Indian peacekeepers from the UN mission who have re-built a key bridge in record time in the strife-torn country. The bridge in Akoka village in the northern part of the land-locked country in East-Central Africa had been inoperable since last June when heavy rains washed away a 300-meter-long road segment.

    Rebuilt in record 10 days by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in collaboration with the government, it has greatly benefited humanitarians, enabling faster aid delivery as well as security patrol and outreach activities by the Mission, according to a UN statement. “The project was vital to allow other critical road repairs in the region,” Lt Colonel Nishkam Puri, in-charge of the Indian engineering company that rebuilt the bridge, was quoted as saying.

    “The major challenge was reconstructing the bridge through a submerged area with a depth of up to 4 meters in some places,” he said. The Akoka Bridge lies between provincial capital Malakal and oil-rich Melut town on a major service road that also reaches Bunj and Renk, both in the country’s northeastern part, reports PTI.

    “The road now provides access for life-saving food and supplies to reach the people who need them,” Ratomir Petrovic, a spokesperson for UNMISS, said. “Providing for the basic needs of the most vulnerable is essential to empowering them. Initiatives such as this one demonstrate the power of peacekeepers to make a real difference in the lives of South Sudanese families,” he added.

    According to the Mission, the next phase is installing appropriate structures and marram to bolster the bridge’s strength to withstand the next rainy season. India, which has its 700 nationals living in South Sudan, has two battalions of about 2,000 personnel in the UNMISS, deployed in two of the largest states the country – Jonglei and Upper Nile, according to information on Ministry of External Affairs website.

    United Nations Peacekeeping, which began in 1948, was primarily limited to maintaining ceasefires and stabilising situations on the ground, providing crucial support for political efforts to resolve the conflict by peaceful means.
     
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    Indian UN peacekeepers have rebuilt Akoka Bridge in Upper Nile region allowing local communities to reach Malakal with ease.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/indians-rebuild-sudan-bridge-in-10-days/528746.html

    United Nations, January 14

    People in a South Sudan village have been saved a perilous neck-deep wade across a river to reach a town and access basic services, thanks to Indian peacekeepers from the UN mission who have re-built a key bridge in record time in the strife-torn country. The bridge in Akoka village in the northern part of the land-locked country in East-Central Africa had been inoperable since last June when heavy rains washed away a 300-metre-long road segment.

    Rebuilt in a record 10 days by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in collaboration with the government, it has greatly benefited humanitarians, enabling faster aid delivery as well as security patrol and outreach activities by the Mission, according to a UN statement.

    “The project was vital to allow other critical road repairs in the region,” Lt Col Nishkam Puri, in charge of the Indian engineering company that rebuilt the bridge, was quoted as saying. “The major challenge was reconstructing the bridge through a submerged area with a depth of up to 4 metres in some places,” he said. The Akoka Bridge lies between provincial capital Malakal and oil-rich Melut town on a major service road that also reaches Bunj and Renk, both in the country’s northeastern part.

    According to the Mission, the next phase is installing structures to bolster the bridge’s strength to withstand the next rainy season. India, which has its 700 nationals living in South Sudan, has two battalions in the UNMISS deployed in two of the largest states. — PTI
     

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