‘Serving for peace’: Indian Army personnel receive UN medals for stellar service in South Sudan

 It was a proud day for more than a billion Indians as 135 peacekeeping troops received United Nations medals for their stellar performance in South Sudan.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) took to its official Twitter handle and said, “Take a bow, people of #India! Some 135 of your peacekeeping troops, based in #SouthSudan and serving with #UNMISS, have received @UN medals for their outstanding performance in Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area. #ServingForPeace”

The medals were pinned to their chests by their UN Force Commander in Bor.

“My heartfelt congratulations to all these officers for their contributions towards the fulfillment of the UNMISS mandate in this challenging environment,” said Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, the peacekeeping mission’s Force Commander.

The Indian troops are stationed in Bor, Pibor and at a temporary operating base in Akobo and have engaged in a variety of activities, including civil-military cooperation such as a veterinary camp, said the UNMISS.

It went on to add that the Indian peacekeepers have, like anybody working in Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, dealt with the often violent reality in a volatile part of South Sudan, often plagued by intercommunal violence. Flooding and the resulting displacement of thousands of people have further complicated matters.

“I admire the desire to achieve peace among all the military personnel receiving well-deserved medals on this day,” said Sector East Commander Brigadier General Deepak Kumar Baniya, who also oversaw the two award ceremonies.

“The price of peace is sometimes very high,” he added, a statement supported by the fact that India’s participation in a total of 49 peacekeeping operations across the world has cost 157 lives.


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