Nepal rose to fame again for its bravery in the international arena, this time, because of its peacekeeping operations!
In a recent update, the United Nations honored Nepali peacekeepers in South Sudan for their life-saving efforts in the destination country as part of rescue operations during wars for almost a year period.
In an official statement on September 11, 2018, UN said it has given the ‘nimble and robust protection’ award to Nepali security personnel in South Sudan for their act of protecting a humanitarian convoy from the armed group.
Nepali peacekeepers troop succeeded in stopping attackers and saving the lives of many.
“The medal you have been awarded is a symbol of what you have been able to achieve on behalf of the UN for the people of South Sudan. You have served the people of South Sudan so that they can get through this conflict… I hope that you wear these medals with the pride in which we have given them to you,” said David Shearer, Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan.
Hailing his countrymen and women part of his security team, the commander of the Nepali contingent Brig Gen Nain Raj Dahal reiterated Nepal’s commitment to supporting global peacekeeping operations.
According to Dahal, around 63 Nepali peacekeepers lost their lives and 66 got disabled in their peacekeeping operations as ‘blue helmets’ across different countries.
“While deployed, Nepali peacekeepers have never shied away from taking action even at the risk of their own lives when it comes to mandate implementation. This is indicative of Nepal’s strong resolve to continue its participation in maintaining peace across the globe,” said the Brig Gen Dahal.
Nepal’s reserve force battalion in South Sudan was responsible for protecting civilians by patrolling across the country, ensuring safe delivery of humanitarian assistance and facilitating a safe & secure environment for displaced people in UN protection camps.