Around 130 Indian Peacekeepers were Awarded Medals by the United Nations

In Abyei, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, the Middle East, Somalia, South Sudan, and Western Sahara, more than 5,500 Indian military and police troops are engaged in peacekeeping operations. India is one of the most significant soldier contributors to UN peacekeeping deployments.

Around 135 Indian and 103 Sri Lankan peacekeepers were recognized for their contributions to the mission. Indian forces are stationed in Bor, Pibor, and a temporary operational facility in Akobo, where they have participated in a number of operations, including civil-military collaboration, such as a veterinary camp.

The Indian peacekeepers have had to deal with the sometimes violent realities in a dangerous portion of South Sudan, often beset by inter-communal violence while performing their duty. Flooding, which has resulted in the displacement of thousands of people, has exacerbated the situation. Brigadier General Deepak Kumar Baniya, Sector East Commander, praised the military personnel’s resolve for peace. He mentions that the price of peace can be quite high.

Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, UNMISS Force Commander, praised the Sri Lankan aviation force for its bravery and service.

In Abyei, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, the Middle East, Somalia, South Sudan, and Western Sahara, more than 5,500 Indian military and police troops are engaged in peacekeeping operations.

The UN mission in South Sudan has a total of 19,075 personnel deployed as of March 2021.

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