South Korean engineers receive medals in Jonglei

16 Aug 2013

South Korean engineers receive medals in Jonglei

15 August 2013 – Recognizing their contributions to peace and development in conflict-torn Jonglei State, 113 UNMISS South Korean engineers were awarded medals today in the state capital Bor.

Handing out the medals, UNMISS Force Commander Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi praised the SouthKoreans' efforts and commitment, noting that they were pioneers in the underdeveloped state.

Since the SouthKoreans arrived in April and May 2013, they have taken on such vital projects as expanding Bor airstrip, constructing a waste disposal site in Apiir locality and maintaining Bor's main road.

Also attending the event were Jonglei Acting Governor Gabriel Gai, Bor County Commissioner Agot Alier, State Minister of Health Jihan Meshak Deng, other senior government officials and UNMISS staff.

"We are happy by the work and contributions of the peacekeepers in Jonglei and we assure you that the government will continue to work with you closely," Acting Governor Gai told the gathering.

He also drew attention to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Korean Child Fund working in Jonglei.

"The Korean Child Fund is also another effective NGO that is carrying out some activities in our state," Mr. Gai said. "It is constructing a school at Mathiang village in Bor County."