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South Korea postpones troops rotation in South Sudan over coronavirus


Hanbit Market, a vegetable and pastry shop belonging to the South Korean contingent's vocational training centre in Bor, is inaugurated (UNMISS photo)
March 6, 2020 (JUBA) — South Korea has postponed the rotation of its peacekeepers deployed in South Sudan within the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) due to growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in these countries.

According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, about 300 troops had been scheduled to travel to South Sudan to replace a contingent of the Hanbit Unit.

The rotation takes place every eight months.

"The deployment will be postponed for about two weeks as of now, although it’s subject to change," said a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer according to the news agency.

As of Friday, South Korea reported 6,593 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. In the military, over 34 people have tested positive, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

In a related development, Sudan Tribune was not able to verify a letter seen by its journalists sent on 3 March by Gabriel Jok Riak Makol, chief of general staff of South Sudan People’s Defense to the UNMISS force commander.

“I write to inform your esteemed office to put on hold the rotation of UNMISS forces from China, South Korea, India, Nepal and Cambodia until further notice,” reads the letter.

International health officials fear the spread of the coronavirus disease causes ravages in the continent due to the lack of adequate means to face this outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) pledged to support African countries to strengthening their capacities to treat patients and improve infection, prevention and control in health facilities.


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  • 6 March 14:53, by Midit Mitot

    Let them wait there for awhile.

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  • 6 March 16:57, by choldit

    This is sensible move,’general Jok. They should stay until cleared safe to travel. Some countries put a travel ban for people from south East Asian countries. Why not South Sudan?

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  • 7 March 04:23, by Mayendit

    Absolutely the postponing UN Peacekeepers forces is necessary general Gabriel Jok Riak Makol. The current UN Peacekeepers forces must be told to stayed in South Sudan until the deadly disease is over. For now, the world don’t know what was the caused of coronavirus in China city. South Sudan government must gets ready should be there symptoms detected then,they should trying their best but I am be

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  • 7 March 04:31, by Mayendit

    The president Salve Kiir Mayardit must address this problem. Our people must be told to stayed in South Sudan and avoid movement from one country to another countries because it spread so quickly if the people are moving frequently. I am begging God to make sure it will never happen in South Sudan, because the young nation is lacking many things apart from Medical doctors leave about scientific re

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    • 7 March 06:34, by Langbaar

      However I have been against the suitability of all the UN so-called peacekeepers in South Sudan since 2011. General precaution should be taken and not to be overly alarmed. All viruses are pretty much dangerous not only coronavirus. Ebola, HIV and AIDS are just as deadly. These days, some countries in the Western world love to hype up or politicize these kinds of diseases.>>>

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      • 7 March 06:42, by Langbaar

        African countries including our poor South Sudan should keep our cool heads not victimize our innocent African partners. For those South Sudanese who might have access to European or American news, many innocent Asian looking people are being unfairly given a bashing some of those countries citizens, however they have nothing to do with Coronavirus. Here next door to South Sudan, some criminals>>>

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        • 7 March 06:49, by Langbaar

          who always wishes bad things to to befall others so that they can make a political point or make a living over unfortunate situations were desperate for the Ebola virus to spread to South Sudan, Uganda or Rwanda. But it seems, their wishes are not being answered. Here is a crux of the matter beneath this coronavirus spread. The same European, the US and their allies were desperate to take away>>>

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          • 7 March 06:58, by Langbaar

            their citizens from Huhan province of China, the alleged epicenter of coronavirus to their countries. How on earth would you move people from where there is a deadly disease to where there are no such a disease? It just bid the logic of diseases control. I am not a medical doctor though, but my common sense tells me, something is not right with these Europeans, Americans & their allied countries>>

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            • 7 March 07:08, by Langbaar

              with their evacuation of their citizens from where the Coronavirus allegedly began----it was a political stunt simple and plain. The whole behind this cheap political stunt game is to show others that the Europeans, Americans and their allies can evacuate their citizens. Iran, the most hated and coveted by the Europeans, America, their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dog and their gulf Arab>>>

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              • 7 March 07:18, by Langbaar

                states’ client states is alleged to have more deaths of their citizens by the hyped up propaganda European and Americans propaganda machines. Italy is also alleged to have 200 deaths from this coronavirus outside China. Italians are the most honest people. They are the ones, who always help some African low lives from West Africa, Darfur, Eritrea, Abesh (so-called ethiopia),>>>

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                • 7 March 07:24, by Langbaar

                  Somalia, South Sudan (if at all there are any) and some other African low lives. But Italians are not the ones who cause wars in African countries or messes. The vermin (the real viuses) that always cause mess in other people’s countries are: The US, the UK, France, Saudi Arabia and their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dog. But the world over, all the citizens on earth are ’utterly>>>>

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                  • 7 March 07:33, by Langbaar

                    brain washed’ by their ’US, the UK, France, Saudi Arabia and their evil juus (so-called israel) and some of their creepy allies in between with their *mumbo-jumbo* propaganda machine’ that these countries are force for good. Good luck to their lowly informed fools. South Korea is also another country outside China where this coronavirus has also killed a big number of people>>>

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                    • 7 March 07:42, by Langbaar

                      That was precisely because there is ’a Church linked to Catholicism in South Korea’. And that Church is alleged to have many members who have ’Coronavirus’ in South Korea. These South Korean criminals (so-called peacekeepers), were brought here in my home town, Bor as the so-called UN UNIMISS then Ban Ki Moon piece of trash. The whole show was that South Sudan would be made like South Korea by>>>

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