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Japanese Troops Begin Pullout from UN Mission in Southern Sudan

By Nangayi Guyson

Kampala, Uganda- Japanese Government that started contributing troops  to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) five years ago has started pullout of the famine hit East African country, UNMISS Spokesman Daniel Dickinson confirmed.

The Japanese government that has been contributing a contingent of 350 GSDF to the UN mission to assist in construction of roads and other infrastructure, announced the withdrawal of its  troops from UNMISS in March.

The South Sudanese government said last month that bilateral relations with Japan will remain “unshakable” after Tokyo ended the peacekeeping mission.

About 350 Japanese soldiers landed in Juba, the capital of South Sudan by mid-December last year as part of a peacekeeping unit that meant to use guns if needed to protect civilians, U.N. staff or themselves.

South Sudan has become a dangerous for peacekeepers. In July last year, when fighting broke out between troops loyal to the South Sudanese president and his rival — the former vice president — two Chinese peacekeepers were killed and U.N.-marked vehicles came under fire, including a convoy carrying senior officials from the U.S. Embassy.

The U.N. Security Council decided to send an additional 4,000 peacekeepers after clashes. South Sudan initially objected to the force and delayed its deployment. Some progress on sending the extra troops has recently been made.

About 12,000 peacekeepers from across the world are deployed in South Sudan.

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1 comment

rezen Apr 18, 2017 at 5:10 am

Subject: Japanese Troops Begin Pullout from UN Mission in Southern Sudan, By Nangayi Guyson Apr 17, 2017
Commentary, 17 April 2017
I have absolutely nothing against Japanese. In fact, I said so in my earlier commentaries. I have high admiration for that Asian Society >>>nothing less, nothing more.

Now, let me go to OUR AFRICA. Going into the News Item on the subject, the last line thereon goes like this: “About 12,000 peace keepers from across the world are deployed in South Sudan.” Note: It is only “in South Sudan”!
Let us admit, as much as it hurts, that we are at the verge of being completely dysfunctional – putting it mildly! We have admitted, by consequence of our actions, that Africa cannot help but being ‘helped’ by foreign “peace keepers” with armed soldiers. Unless you condemned me as an ‘outrageous defective enemy of Africa’, is it really outside the realm of probability that:
a) WE AFRICANS cannot keep peace within ourselves;
b) WE AFRICANS admitted that only armed soldiers can keep us at peace with ourselves;
c) WE AFRICANS are officially admitting that we cannot live in harmony with ourselves without enforcement by armed soldiers;
d) WE AFRICANS, for some mysterious phenomenon that we cannot understand, cannot get together and forged our LIVES without being whipped by 21st Century ‘colonial’ forces;
e) WE AFRICANS de facto gave-up and forfeited our Africa to foreign domination of the 21st Century Slick Colonialism;
f) WE AFRICANS gave-up, for good, the usefulness of the fifty-four years old (yes, 54 Years) Organization of African Unity(OAU)/ the African Union (UN) and the possibility of African Intellectual Unity/Union (AIU) coming to the rescue of their beloved Africa;
g) WE AFRICANS, without a doubt, have come to the conclusion that no African leader would emerge to care for Africa; and finally
h) WE AFRICANS implicitly believe, by our own inaction, that it is the END of the ROAD for AFRICANISM.

If we were to ask ourselves more than a half-century ago where Africa would be today, would our forecast be meaningfully different than what see today? Be honest. In practical reality, the ordinary African and his/her Family are not any better — it may even be argued that it got worst! At the very least, let us be honest to ourselves – though we are free to boast to our hearts content.


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