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The UN Peacekeeping mission’s in-house band—the Flamingoes—fired up an energetic crowd, asking them to ponder on the musical event’s theme – ‘Peace Begins With Me.’ The event was organized in partnership with the state Ministry of Peace Building. Photo by Denis Louro/UNMISS

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Thanks to UNMISS engineers from China, the nearly 30,000 community members of Raja county in Western Bahr El Ghazal, South Sudan, no longer need to suffer during the country's long rainy season. Chinese peacekeepers rehabilitated two vital bridges plus a 40-kilometer stretch of the road connecting Raja to the state capital, Wau. Photo by Michael Wondi/UNMISS

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700 Ghanaian peacekeepers were awarded the prestigious United Nations medal for their commitment to shaping a more peaceful and prosperous future for the people of the world’s youngest nation. The ceremony, which took place in Bentiu featured a well choreographed military parade in which 130 Ghanaian peacekeepers took part, including 30 women. The meaningful event was attended by UNMISS Force Commander, Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian, state authorities as well as senior Ghanaian military personnel who travelled to South Sudan to attend the ceremony. Photo by Gregorio Cunha/UNMISS