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British Peacekeepers Arrive in South Sudan for UN Mission

By Jason Patinkin, AP, Juba.

A five-person advance team of UK's 379 Peace Mission have landed in Juba South Sudan on Friday, June 3, 2016(Photo: supplied)
A five-person advance team of UK’s 379 Peace Mission have landed in Juba South Sudan on Friday, June 3, 2016(Photo: supplied)

June 6, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– The first of 379 British troops have arrived in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to serve in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a U.N. spokeswoman said Monday.

A five-person advance team landed Friday while the rest will begin arriving in the coming weeks, joining 11,990 peacekeepers from other nations, said Ariane Quentier, spokeswoman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan.

The British troops will carry weapons and form an engineering battalion meant to deploy in Bentiu, the capital of war-torn Unity state, Quentier said.

Nearly 100,000 civilians shelter at the U.N. mission’s Bentiu base seeking safety from the country’s two and a half year civil war, according to U.N. figures. About 170,000 civilians live in U.N. bases around South Sudan.

The U.N. mission has been criticized for not doing enough to protect civilians during the war. Over 7,000 civilians died in Unity state from violence last year during a government offensive which included the murders of civilians, sexual slavery, and forced starvation, according to the U.N.

“The arrival of British personnel clearly demonstrates our commitment to supporting U.N. efforts to improve conditions in some of the world’s most destabilizing conflicts,” British defense secretary Michael Fallon said in a Monday statement. Britain has also started sending peacekeepers to Somalia, the statement said.

South Sudan’s government and rebels formed a coalition government in April, but fighting persists in some areas.

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6 comments

Patrick Tabani June 7, 2016 at 1:22 am

British Troops BAD NEWS

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Patrick Tabani June 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

BRITISH TROOPS OF ALL PEOPLE .YOU SOLD OUR LADO STATE

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Patrick Tabani June 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm

At least French troops are Honest and donot switchsides

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Patrick Tabani June 8, 2016 at 3:47 am

BRITISH TROOPS ARE BACK SINCE EMIN PASHA DEPARTURE .IT IS REALLY BAD OMEN.WHERE ARE THE DEMARCATINS OF LADO STATE.

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Muonyjang[Man of Men] June 8, 2016 at 4:30 am

They come to do what? While people are fighting in Seriah and no solution to American and British.

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Karlo Momoi Hidang June 13, 2016 at 12:23 am

Muonyjang means husband of a cow as you are known for going with cows.
Of all South sudanese, why are you afraid of the coming of the British Royal Marines. It is because guilt concious. Yes the law awaits you for judgement

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