Fifty Indian peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan were on 17 October 2017 awarded with the UN Medal for their professionalism and service in protecting civilians and building durable peace in the conflict-ridden country.
The peacekeepers were presented with the award by UNMISS Force Commander General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi. These Indian peacekeepers are part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Indian peacekeepers were deployed with the Indian battalion stationed at Bor in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.
They were acknowledged for their contribution in carrying out patrols across the region and for providing a safe and secure environment for the 2500 civilians who wanted refuge at the UN Protection of Civilians site at Bor.
They even provided services to the community outside of their core mandate such as medical care for local residents and support for local farmers with veterinary treatment for their animals.