UN military adviser visits UNMISS temporary operational base in Koch



UN military adviser visits UNMISS temporary operational base in Koch

The meaningful work you do every day under very difficult conditions is a testament to your dedication to building lasting peace for communities across South Sudan.

JUBA, South Sudan, October 9, 2021 / APO Group / –

Preventing conflict from erupting or rapidly mitigating its effects on innocent civilians by establishing temporary bases in hot spots is a key priority for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

“Our goal is to ensure that our peacekeepers are agile and can react quickly in areas where conflict has the potential to escalate,” said Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar, Force Commander of UNMISS. “So we started to design our operations around what is called in military terms a“ hub and spoke ”model. Basically, instead of limiting ourselves to the more established bases in single locations, we have developed a system whereby we can be mobile in response to evolving security threats and have boots on the ground where civilians have the power. no need for our protection with a minimum delay. “

One such volatile area is Koch County in Unity State, where the presence of mission peacekeepers has reduced incidents such as cattle raids, revenge killings and thefts.

During his recent visit to South Sudan, the United Nations Military Adviser, General Birame Diop, visited Koch, accompanied by the Force Commander of UNMISS, Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar.

His visit had a dual purpose: to discuss concerns with community members and to encourage the Ghanaian peacekeepers stationed here to continue their protective presence.

The arrival of General Diop was marked with enthusiasm by the communities who live there and they came in large numbers to welcome him.

“We are deeply touched that the Koch County community has come to welcome us here,” Gen. Birame Diop said, addressing the massive attendance. “This show of support from all of you means a lot to our peacekeepers who have battled the inclement weather to make sure you are protected and can continue with your daily activities without fear,” he added. .

General Diop visited the temporary base and congratulated the Ghanaian peacekeepers for their commitment. “The meaningful work you do every day under very difficult conditions is a testament to your dedication to building lasting peace for communities across South Sudan. The relationships of trust you have forged with the citizens of Koch and humanitarian partners are admirable. I urge you to continue to be vigilant on their behalf.

For Captain Evan Ekow Ampah, Commander of the Temporary Base, it was a difficult but rewarding experience.

“We were faced with enormous challenges: clean water is scarce and our tents keep being flooded due to the heavy rains,” reveals Captain Ampah. “We have had to continuously move our tents to higher heights in order to be able to continue our tasks here. In addition, the rains have made many roads almost inaccessible, which affects the effectiveness of our patrols. But we are doing everything we can to maintain calm and stability for the residents. “

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