Rwanda sends over 900 troops to South Sudan
Written by: George Kalisa
Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 16:48
Rwandan Defense Forces Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Innocent Munyengango has confirmed to media that a contingent of 920 troops from the mechanized infant battalion this Saturday joined the United Nations Mission of South Sudan (UNMISS) bringing the total number of Rwandan peacekeepers in the war ravaged youngest African nation to about 2,300.
Lt. Col. Munyengango has said the core mission is to protect innocent civilians and Juba city.
“Their mission is to protect civilians and Juba City, it means that their prime responsibility is to protect everything in Juba,” he said.
“As others always do, that unit should also perform well the responsibilities,” he added.
South Sudanese ended 2017 and entered 2018 without any hope of returning to the country they call home due to the war that started in 2013 following the firing of President Salva Kiir’s former Deputy, Riek Machar.
Since then, the number of IDPS and South Sudanese refugees in host countries has been on the rise, hitting probably the highest last year according to the UNHCR updates as of December31, 2017.
There are 2, 435,120 refugees, 1,037,898 of them in Ugandan the biggest host while 772,715, 421,867, 111,612 took refuge in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya and many others in countries like DRC and CAR. They fled from escalating violence and alarming food insecurity with the deadliest fight between forces loyal to Juba government and rebels in Pagak near the Ethiopian border in August, 2017.
Rwanda has 6274 troops in various peace-keeping missions.