An interactive quiz session to test a group of youth on their knowledge about the working of the United Nations is in progress.
When the announcement is first made that the Shilluk king is on his way back to his kingdom in Fashoda, and that a courtesy call is being planned, at first, it’s just “another” story. As the day draws nigh and the excitement levels heighten, suddenly it’s all too real.
A newly-cleared mine field was turned into an arena for a big bang today, as the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) demolished a 100kg air-dropped bomb in South Sudan, marking its one millionth destruction of explosive items in the world’s youngest nation.
It’s been four long years since His Majesty Kongo Dak Padiet occupied his throne in his kingdom, situated in Fashoda, north of South Sudan. The last contact he had with the UN mission was during his evacuation to Juba, in the heat of the conflict.
Health workers in South Sudan’s Gbudue area are being vaccinated against Ebola, as neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) battles one of the biggest outbreaks of the virus that causes hemorrhagic fever, with an estimated 50% mortality rate.
As the agile peacekeepers sang, danced and performed incredible acrobatic maneuvers on stage, crowds of their Indian and international United Nations colleagues rushed to join them in a spectacular celebration of India’s Republic Day in South Sudan.