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South Korean peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan after three-month delay


Hanbit Market, a vegetable and pastry shop belonging to the South Korean contingent's vocational training centre in Bor, is inaugurated (UNMISS photo)
May 31, 2020 (JUBA) - A batch of South Korean peacekeepers has left Seoul heading to South Sudan where they are expected to arrive on Monday 1 June three months after its initial scheduled date due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

On 3 March 2020, South Sudan suspended until further notice the rotation of peacekeepers from five countries China, Cambodia, India, Nepal, and South Korea.

The suspension coincided with the replacement of 300-troop South Korean contingent deployed in South Sudan’s Bor area, known as the Hanbit Unit or Reconstruction Assistance Force.

"The first echelon of the 12th batch for Hanbit Unit was dispatched to the war-torn nation in May after months of delay due to the COVID-19 situation, and the remainder will head for the country on a chartered flight later in the day," reported the official Yonhap news agency citing a statement from the defence ministry.

The defence ministry further said that the troops underwent virus tests twice, and all tested negative. Also, they have also been quarantined for over five weeks before their departure to the east African country.

The South Korean troops will deliver about 10,000 coronavirs test kits and 20,000 face masks requested by South Sudan.

South Sudanese authorities on 12 May announced the resumption of domestic and international flights from Juba airport seven weeks after its closure, despite the continued spread of coronavirus in the country.


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  • 1 June 13:53, by Kenyang ll

    Suffering in our country will end when Salva Kiir/Riek Machar is removed. For me, we must remove both men. The two men are dangerous and have deprive South Sudan moving forward.

    • 1 June 15:48, by Kenyang ll

      Here although we want to move thankful to people of Krea for their support and sacrifice

  • 1 June 20:07, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    No need for blocking the entry of peace keepers because South Sudan already infected with highest number of infection.
    Let them come.

    • 2 June 08:28, by Nueri Dial

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam
      Coming to do what? The whole world is fighting Covid-19, they should be in their country. Everyone is busy with this pandemic. Salva Kiir is a shame to South Sudanese. His soldier shot bullets in the air due to unpaid Salary and you still claim to be legitimate president

      • 2 June 16:14, by jubaone

        Juba, 02 June 2020. Heavy fighting between Nuer youth from Bentiu and Dinka youth from Warrap since yesterday left several dead and injured on both sides. According to sources, Nuer youth captured Mayen Abun, Tonj North and Aguok territory with close to 250 cows killed in crossfire. Apparently, Dinka youth from Warrap were overrun by the fighting power of Nuer youth and..

        • 2 June 16:17, by jubaone

          ..had requested help from both Aweil and Rumbek youths. Inside sources suggest, that help from either Dinka youth groups was unlikely now due to poor logistics Covid-19 and the ongoing intra-clan conflict among the Dinka communities. No independent sources could verify this yet.

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