As powerful barges manned by the Bangladeshi Marine Force Unit deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) make their careful way across the overflowing waters of the White Nile, the air is laced with expectation.
Lush, thick vegetation characteristic of the Sudd — one of the world’s largest wetlands — flank both sides of the river, providing sanctuary to birds and the odd crocodile.
A team of peacekeepers are journeying to remote Canal in Pigi county, an area that can only be reached via water routes from Malakal in Upper Nile state. Dark clouds scurry across the sky and the ongoing drizzle soon becomes a deluge.
“Before @UNMAS helped us we were always afraid of what was under the ground. We feared that our children would pick up something that was dangerous & be hurt or killed. Now, we can live without apprehension."
– Sarah, Malakal 2022https://t.co/EwLDGN5jT0
— Alexandre Zouev (@UN_OROLSI) September 12, 2022
Source: UN Peacekeeping/Alexandre Zouev – Twitter