Nepalese peacekeepers donate gardening equipment to vulnerable South Sudanese
Vulnerable civilians living at the United Nations protection site in the South Sudanese town of Bor have received a gift of gardening equipment from Nepalese police officers to help them plant crops during the dry season.
The Nepalese police unit serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan donated watering cans and seeds to more than 500 internally displaced people who have sought sanctuary in the Protection of Civilians site.
Although they largely depend on food assistance from the World Food Programme, the gift from the Nepalese will help the displaced people to also grow their own vegetables, including onions, tomatoes, and cabbages to supplement their family’s diet and to sell to pay for other necessities.
The chair of the Bor protection site’s women’s association, Nyajok Dak, appreciated the willingness of the Nepalese police officers to go beyond their mandated tasks to support the community. She said that carrying out farming activities was a healing experience for those who’ve suffered trauma and it was also an opportunity to learn new skills.
“We are so happy with this donation,” she said. “We appreciate UNMISS’ efforts in encouraging us to engage in sustainable, self-reliant farming activities. This will help us support our children and our families.”
The commanding officer of the UNMISS Nepalese formed police unit, Superintendent Upreti Shambhu, said they will continue to support the people of South Sudan in achieving sustainable peace.
UNMISS also pledged to donate a water pump and generators to support the irrigation system for the farming group within the protection site.