Volunteers of Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 Complete Mission in South Sudan

Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 from Vietnam recently completed a volunteer mission in the Rubkona nature reserve, Bentiu, South Sudan.

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Upon deployment to the receiving area for handover from Level 2 War Hospital No. 4, Vietnam’s Level 2 Field Hospital No. 5 embarked on a voluntary mission to distribute gifts to children and local residents in the protected area of Rubkona Nature Reserve in Bentiu, South Sudan.

The Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 in South Sudan has been replaced, succeeding Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 4. This rotation consists of 63 members, including 11 females.

Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 Conducts Volunteer Mission in South Sudan
The Board of Directors of the hospital visited and gave gifts to the head of the tribe in the volunteering area. Photo: Level 2 field hospital No. 5

During this trip, aside from visiting and presenting gifts to the local government, Level 2 Field Hospital No. 5 also provided assistance to 30 underprivileged households in Rubkona by distributing gifts. The soldiers from the Vietnamese ‘green beret’ unit, who were dressed as balloon-making clowns, delighted the children in attendance by creating adorable balloon animals for them.

Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Ha Ngoc, the director of the field hospital, has expressed the significance of their efforts to bring joy to underprivileged children in Bentiu, despite difficulties in accessing toys. Through small yet meaningful actions, they have succeeded in providing these children with a gift that has elicited great interest and joy.

The director of Level 2
Field Hospital No. 5 affirmed that following the previous teams, the unit hopes that along with professional health care work in the area, joint activities for the community will contribute to introducing a good image of the country and people of Vietnam, spreading the positive reputation of the ‘green beret soldiers’.

Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 Conducts Volunteer Mission in South Sudan
Mongolians, Thai friends and local civil servants also joined the Vietnamese volunteer delegation. Photo: Level 2 field hospital No. 5

The military and civilian operations (CIMIC) carried out by Level 2 Field Hospital No. 5 have been highly praised and supported by the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan and our international colleagues.

Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Ha Ngoc states that they have expressed their desire to collaborate and support the Vietnamese unit in significant activities such as this.

The first volunteer activity took place at Level 2 Field Hospital No. 5, involving colleagues from Mongolia and Thailand.

Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 Conducts Volunteer Mission in South Sudan
The balloon-making clown is the highlight of the volunteer program. Photo: Level 2 field hospital No. 5
Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 Conducts Volunteer Mission in South Sudan
The members of Level 2 Field Hospital No. 5 are friendly and close to local people. Photo: Level 2 field hospital No. 5
Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 Conducts Volunteer Mission in South Sudan
A female soldier chats with children. Photo: Level 2 field hospital No. 5

By coordinating CIMIC activities, the presence of the United Nations green beret soldier has become recognizable and welcomed by the local population. This undertaking holds even greater significance as it aligns with World Humanitarian Day (August 19).

According to VNA, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has recently announced its decision to deploy three additional police officers to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). On August 16, the MPS officially presented the State President’s decision in this regard.

Maj. Gen. Dao Xuan Lan, Chief of the MPS’s standing office for UN peacekeeping operations, reported that in 2022, the MPS deployed four officers for UN peacekeeping operations. One officer was assigned to the UN headquarters, while three were sent to UNMISS.

All four candidates have performed their duties excellently, showcasing the capacity, resilience, and professionalism of the People’s Public Security officers. Their contributions have also helped promote a positive image of Vietnam to the United Nations and the international community.

On August 12, the State President signed a decision to deploy three additional officers to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), increasing the total number of officers participating in UN peacekeeping operations to seven.

As of now, our country has deployed a total of 533 officers and professional soldiers to United Nations peacekeeping operations, all of whom have successfully and efficiently carried out their assigned duties.

Hannah Nguyen