Over 800 Indian peacekeepers deployed with UNMISS awarded prestigious UN medal
India is currently the second largest troop contributor to the mission with 2,389 troops deployed and an additional 30 police officers assigned to UNMISS.
836 India’s UNMISS peacekeepers serving in Malakal, South Sudan, received a prestigious UN medal on Tuesday. Twitter @unmissmedia
The United Nations: More than 800 Indian peacekeepers serving in the United Nations mission in South Sudan have been honored with a prestigious United Nations medal for their service upon completion of their deployment.
A report posted on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) website reported that 836 Indian peacekeepers were recently honored with the United Nations Medal for their commitment to the cause of lasting peace. in the youngest nation in the world.
UNMISS Force Commander Lt. Gen. Shailesh Tinaikar congratulated the Indian battalion on successfully completing their tour of duty and also praised the efforts of Indian peacekeepers to rescue and shelter 32 personnel. aid workers in Renk and ensure their safe evacuation to Juba, the report said.
“When you all arrived in Upper Nile State, it was a time of great flux,” Tinaikar said, quoted by the newspaper.
“You had to immediately assume operational responsibility with the threat of imminent intercommunal clashes looming over you. Your presence and your patrols acted as a much needed deterrent at the time, allowing civilians to go about their daily business without fear, ”he said.
Indian Ambassador to South Sudan Vishnu Sharma, who was the guest of honor at the medal parade, said: “The courage, commitment and sacrifice of Indian peacekeepers for the cause lasting peace in South Sudan are a beacon of hope for the communities that you are. on the ground to serve. You have made the United Nations and your country very proud. “
According to the UNMISS news article, Sharma also noted the contribution of Indian veterinarians who treated thousands of animals and “strengthened the capacity of livestock owners in animal management, thereby enhancing their economic stability.
Colonel Neeraj Tiwari, commander of the Indian battalion, expressed hope that Indian peacekeepers will be remembered for leaving a positive legacy of peace and capacity building, according to the report.
“We wish the South Sudanese the best as they move forward in building a lasting peace from the grassroots to the highest levels of society,” Tiwari said, quoted in the report.
The acting head of the UNMISS field office in Malakal, Christian Mikala, expressed his gratitude for the peacekeepers’ continued engagement with local communities. “You have been instrumental in the extensive patrols in your area of responsibility and have established a relationship of trust with the Upper Nile communities,” Mikala said in the article. “You should all wear your medals with pride,” he said.
As of August 2021, a total of 19,101 uniformed personnel were deployed with UNMISS. India is currently the second largest troop contributor to the mission with 2,389 troops deployed and an additional 30 police officers assigned to UNMISS.