ZHENGZHOU, Sept. 23 (ChinaMil) -- One hundred UN peacekeeping troops from China set out on September 22 from Zhengzhou, capital city of Central China’s Henan province, for South Sudan. Their destination is the mission area in Wau, where they will stay for one-year to carry out peacekeeping operations.
China's latest peacekeeping force to South Sudan (Wau) consists of the 15th peacekeeping engineer detachment and the 7th peacekeeping medical detachment totaling of 331members, among whom are 268 engineers and 63 medical workers.
The one hundred peacekeepers composed of 70 engineers and 30 medical workers are the first echelon of the 331-member new peacekeeping force.
The Chinese engineer detachment mainly undertakes tasks of construction and repair of road, bridge and airport, and the construction and maintenance of barracks and defensive shelters of UN peacekeeping forces, construction of water and electricity supply facilities, and providing engineering support for peacekeeping troops in the mission area.
The medical detachment will mainly provide basic medical service for the UN peacekeeping troops, including treatment of common and infectious diseases, performing surgeries and disposing medical wastes or pollutants in the mission area. According to the schedule, the rest 231 Chinese peacekeepers will depart from Zhengzhou on Sept. 25 and 29 respectively for South Sudan in the second and third echelons.