150 Indian peacekeepers serving with UN's South Sudan Mission get medals of honour
United Nations: A total of 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have received medals of honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice.
A glimpse beyond the dedicated Service and Sacrifice of the @UN blue beret - Indian peacekeepers receive medals of honour in Malakal -@India Be Proud, the UN mission tweeted Monday, along with pictures of the Indian peacekeepers participating in a parade and receiving the medals for their exemplary service.
The medals were given to the 150 Indian peacekeepers serving in UNMISS in Malakal during a ceremony filled with parades and performances by a piped band.
Colonel Amit Gupta, deployed with UNMISS in Malakal, was among the recipients of the medal of honour. A UNMISS news article said Gupta commands a battalion of 850 soldiers in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan. Under his command, his men have conducted highly sought-after veterinary camps and run a veterinary hospital in Malakal, with a second expected to be completed in Kodok a major town along the west bank of the Nile in a few weeks' time.
I want to be remembered as having left positive memories for the people in South Sudan, Gupta is quoted as saying in the UNMISS article. I also want to leave them in a better place, where they are able to generate income for themselves and build their country.
Indian peacekeepers serving with the mission have undertaken numerous training sessions of community animal health workers, providing value addition training for farmers to help them make the most of their produce.
If a group of volunteers in India can come together and create one of the largest milk production entities in our country, then surely, it can be done here as well, he says, If even 10 percent of our trainees apply what they've learnt, this country will be better for it.
Gupta has previously served the United Nations in Northern Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Private Ankush Cheema, another recipient of the medal of honour, had joined the unit in 2017 when he found out that they were scheduled for a peacekeeping mission.
I grew up near Kashmir where several army units have been based and so I consider myself an army boy, he says in the UNMISS article. Besides this, my father and grandfather before him, were both army men. They however, never got to participate in a peacekeeping mission.
During his deployment, Cheema has participated in air and riverine patrols and is also among the distinct men who are in his Commander's quick-response force.