September 21, 2013 (JONGLEI) - The South Korean contingent of the United Nations peacekeeping in South Sudan’s Jonglei state celebrated their last moments in the troubled state with the orphans the group have been working with during their six-month deployment.
- Korean soldiers in Bor who are part of the UN MIssion in South Sudan with orphans from Jonglei state. Sept. 21, 2013 (ST)
Speaking to the press at United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound after the celebration, sergeant Yim Seo Hyun said their unit was going to be replaced with another South Korean unit within the next few days.
“We have been supporting the orphanage throughout our time and this is our final event for the orphans and [so we] invited them to share our love and hospitality and see good bye, and to give as much as we can for very last time before we leave and go back to Korea”, explained Seo.
A total of 170 orphans from the Lou Nuer ethnic group from Uror county attended the celebration.
The orphans were brought together by the Presbyterian church in 2011 from Pieri and Wek payams of Uror county, a few days after the their villages were attacked by cattle raiders, killing 55 people in February 2011.
Out of 170, 16 of them were girls with the highest level of education being primary six.
Korean UNMISS contingent has provided the orphans with learning materials, food, mosquito nets, medicines and other equipment.
Peter Yien, who managed the Korean aid to the center said that the donations had been much appreciated.
The Korean peacekeepers pledged for the relationship to be continued through the next batch of peacekeepers when they arrive in Bor.