Japanese engineers join UN mission in South Sudan

Japanese engineering peacekeepers arriving in Juba, South Sudan, on 20 February 2012. Photo: UNMISS

A contingent of 120 Japanese engineers has joined the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to help build roads and bridges in the newly independent African country.

UNMISS says the group from the Japanese Ground Defense Force is part of a full contingent of 330 engineers, which is expected to be in place by next month.

An advance team of 34 logistics experts from Japan arrived in South Sudan last month.

South Sudan, which became independent from Sudan in July last year does not have adequate basic infrastructure such as tarred roads.

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