SOUTH SUDAN / NEPALESE PEACEKEEPERS

14-Oct-2021 00:02:44
At the UN Mission in South Sudan, 850 peacekeepers from Nepal received Wednesday the United Nations medal for their service to the cause of durable peace across the African country, during a time when subnational violence and displacement have been exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / NEPALESE PEACEKEEPERS
TRT: 2:44
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 OCTOBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1.Wide Shot, Nepalese battalion troops
2.Various Shots, Medal pinning
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General:
“Specifically, over the past 11 months, NEPBATT-2’s patrol efforts have facilitated the safe return of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons. We salute you for your dedication to the protection of civilians in one of the most complex peacekeeping missions in the world, and during the challenging time of COVID-19.”
4.Various Shots, Nepalese Battalion
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Captain Deep Krishna, UN Medal recipient, Nepalese Peacekeeper, UNMISS:
“As part of peacekeepers working under the Force Reserve Battalion our task was to adhere to UN Peacekeeping mandated tasks. First and foremost, it was the protection of civilians, which was our utmost priority. Besides that we have been allocated various other CIMIC [civil-military cooperation] activities so that we help South Sudanese people for their betterment and stability.”
6.Various Shots, Parade inspection
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Sukriti Maharanjan, UN Medal recipient, Nepalese Peacekeeper, UNMISS:
“South Sudan is a very beautiful country. The people are kind, cooperative, hardworking and simple. So, they should all keep their differences aside and come together to build peace and harmony in South Sudan.”
8.Various Shots – Marching
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General:
“These medals are a recognition of your personal sacrifice for peace. Wear them with pride and dignity wherever you go, knowing that we regard you as ambassadors of the United Nations.”
10.Various Shots, Cultural dances

STORYLINE:

At the UN Mission in South Sudan, 850 peacekeepers from Nepal received Wednesday (13 Oct) the United Nations medal for their service to the cause of durable peace across the African country, during a time when subnational violence and displacement have been exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19.

However, true to the tradition of the Gurkhas that they hail from, the mission’s Nepalese peacekeepers remained committed to preventing conflict, protecting civilians and keeping up the highest standards of operational readiness.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General:
“Specifically, over the past 11 months, NEPBATT-2’s patrol efforts have facilitated the safe return of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons. We salute you for your dedication to the protection of civilians in one of the most complex peacekeeping missions in the world, and during the challenging time of COVID-19.”

This is the seventh rotation for Nepalese peacekeepers who have played an important role in ensuring that UNMISS continues to deliver on mandated tasks.

SOUNDBITE (English) Captain Deep Krishna, UN Medal recipient, Nepalese Peacekeeper, UNMISS:
“As part of peacekeepers working under the Force Reserve Battalion our task was to adhere to UN Peacekeeping mandated tasks. First and foremost, it was the protection of civilians, which was our utmost priority. Besides that we have been allocated various other CIMIC [civil-military cooperation] activities so that we help South Sudanese people for their betterment and stability.”

A special mention must also be made of the Nepalese Female Engagement Team who have won hearts and minds through their efforts to build trust and confidence among local communities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sukriti Maharanjan, UN Medal recipient, Nepalese Peacekeeper, UNMISS:
“South Sudan is a very beautiful country. The people are kind, cooperative, hardworking and simple. So, they should all keep their differences aside and come together to build peace and harmony in South Sudan.”

Since Nepal’s first deployment to UNMISS in 2011, its commitment has grown to over 2000 personnel including military observers, staff officers, two battalions, a High Readiness Company, as well as a Formed Police Unit and Individual Police Officers.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General:
These medals are a recognition of your personal sacrifice for peace. Wear them with pride and dignity wherever you go, knowing that we regard you as ambassadors of the United Nations.”

Currently, with almost 5500 women and men in Blue Helmets across the globe, Nepal is the third largest contributor of uniformed personnel across all 12 UN peacekeeping missions.
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