UN Personnel in Bentiu celebrate United Nations Day
United Nations personnel working in Bentiu have paid tribute to the many South Sudanese staff who work tirelessly to improve the lives of their own communities while serving as part of the UN Mission.
At a special event celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations, the Head of the Bentiu Field Office, Hiroko Hirahira, spoke about the UN’s commitment to working side-by-side with the people of South Sudan to build a future together.
She particularly acknowledged the efforts of local UN personnel.
“I would like to give special thanks to national staff who are often caught up in the middle of the political and security situation and are sometimes targeted or unjustly criticized for supporting the work of the United Nations,” she said. “Please remember, our work will never succeed without your support, and your hardship will pay dividends in the form of peace as we walk along the path together.”
The UN Day event was attended by a parade of peacekeepers as well as the Ambassador for the Netherlands, Geert Geut, who was visiting the area during a three day trip to Bentiu, in the northern part of the country.
Hiroko Hirahara called on all UN personnel to continue to support the people of South Sudan by protecting civilians and building durable peace. She also remembered UN staff who have died while serving in South Sudan.
“I would like to offer my deepest thoughts and prayers for the members of United Nations who have lost their lives while serving their duties worldwide, including those of our dear colleagues in Unity,” she said.
“Though we receive criticism time-to-time, I believe the United Nations is still the best democratic system existing in the world. Let’s keep our chin up and continue to serve the people who need our support.”