Few civilians would know it, but there is a lot more to a medal parade ceremony, a frequent occurrence in any peacekeeping mission, than the handing out of pieces of suitably engraved metal.
Eight United Nations police officers from Portugal, four women and four men, have recently joined the United Nations Mission in South Sudan for a one-year deployment. The new arrivals are the first Portuguese police officers to serve in the country.
Growing up, Lieutenant Nick Lytollis dreamed of becoming a world class vet. Unbeknownst to the animal kingdom, it missed out on his services. It just was not to be.
“I soon realized that I wasn’t clever enough to be a vet,” the British peacekeeper muses.
On Wednesday the United Nations Mission in South Sudan welcomed 144 Rwandan police officers to Juba. They make up the lion part of a Formed Police Unit from the neigbouring country, consisting of 80 men and 80 women, joining an advanced party already deployed.
A Bangladeshi peacekeeper was killed today during an armed attack on a United Nations convoy that was supporting the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians in the Central Equatorian region of South Sudan.