UK successfully concludes UN mission in South Sudan

31 January 2020 (Last Updated January 31st, 2020 12:05)

The UK has concluded its largest United Nations (UN) mission in South Sudan.

UK successfully concludes UN mission in South Sudan
The minister presented medals to the last rotation of personnel. Credit: Crown Copyright.

The UK has concluded its largest United Nations (UN) mission in South Sudan.

During the four-year mission, more than 300 UK personnel were sent to improve infrastructure in the country.

The deployment has seen the construction of two hospitals and upgrade of prisons, schools and bridges.

In addition, 16km of roads were refurbished to help reduce the number of sexual violence cases against the local women.

In order to promote women safety, self-defence training was also provided to over 300 women in the Protection of Civilian camp, with a focus on promoting awareness on women’s rights.

Additionally, tutoring civilians on English language, educational and employment workshops and computer lessons, along with hands-on skill training in carpentry and mechanics.

The Engineer task group of the mission will be taken over by Pakistan.

UK Armed Forces Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Our contribution to South Sudan has seen the largest deployment of UK military peacekeepers in two decades and while our contribution to the UN mission draws to a close our commitment to a peaceful future for the people of South Sudan remain as strong as ever.

“The professionalism and skill of our troops have shone through over the last four years, not only in the huge contribution to essential infrastructure, but also the dedication to improving the lives of local people.”

Trevelyan added: “Everyone I’ve met here, from politicians to UN officials have only the highest praise for the work of our armed forces in South Sudan.”

UK’s contribution to peacekeeping continues with the preparation of a UN mission in Mali.