Nepali peacekeepers leave for South Sudan
On Tuesday, the first peacekeeping team of the Chandannath Battalion’s 8th Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Saroj Rana, travelled to South Sudan at the request of the United Nations.
A team of 216 Nepali peacekeepers departed Kathmandu for the mission area on Tuesday night, according to the Directorate of Public Relations and Information (DPR & I). The squad was sent there to replace the 7th Battalion of the Gorakh Bahadur Battalions. The Nepal Army has made important contributions to several UN peacekeeping operations aimed at restoring peace in conflict-torn areas throughout the globe.
Nepal is ranked second in the world in terms of the number of peacekeepers it sends. Nepali troops have served in 43 different peacekeeping operations throughout the globe. Currently, 5,229 Nepali peacekeepers, including 200 women troops, are serving in 12 United Nations missions across the globe.
The army has taken comprehensive preventative steps throughout the transfers in order to continue peacekeeping operations despite the COVID-19 transmission danger.