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Monday, June 1, 2015

Go on Patrol with United Nations Peacekeepers in Africa

United Nations Peacekeeping operations consists of military police and civilian personnel working to deliver security and peace building to create lasting peace in countries torn by conflict such as Jonglei State in South Sudan Africa.

UN Peacekeeping has been in operation since 1948 and current
United Nations Peacekeepers in Rwanda Africa
United Nations Peacekeepers in Rwanda Africa
peacekeeping operations are established in sixteen countries around the world, eight countries are in Africa. Throughout Africa, UN Peacekeeping operations have been entrenched in Western Sahara since April 1991, Central African Republic since April 2014, Mali since April 2013, Democratic Republic of the Congo since July 2010, Darfur since July 2007, Côte d'Ivoire since April 2004, and Liberia since September 2003 and in South Sudan since July 2011.

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan becoming the newest country in the world. Unfortunately, on April 9, 2013, killing of at least 12 and at least 9 additional peacekeepers and accompanying civilians were injured, and some remain unaccounted for who were working with the UN peacekeeping mission in Jonglei State. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations stated about 30 peacekeepers were escorting a civilian convoy when they were ambushed by some 200 armed, unidentified men near the settlement of Gumuruk in Jonglei.
Peacekeeping US Army Africa trucks
Peacekeeping US Army Africa trucks

Following the December 2013 South Sudan issue, the Security Council, by its resolution 2155 of May 27, 2014, reinforced United Nations Mission in South Sudan and re-prioritized its mandate towards the protection of civilians, human rights monitoring, and support for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

Want to know what it is like to be a UN Peacekeeper on patrol? Watch and share this video showing peacekeepers from United Nations Mission in South Sudan patrolling in Jonglei in areas which have been deserted due to civil unrest and natural disasters.

UN Peacekeeper on patrol in South Sudan, Africa

On May 29th each year the world celebrates International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

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