Vietnamese Peacekeepers Celebrate Lunar New Year in South Sudan
|Banh Chung (glutinous rice cake) which is indispensable during Tet is wrapped with banana leaves taken from capital Juba, and pork from pigs raised by the Vietnamese officers and employees locally. Photo: Level-2 field hospital No. 3|
|Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the most severe flooding last year, it is hard to find materials for the Tet celebration. Photo: Level-2 field hospital No. 3|
|However, Vietnamese officers and employees still celebrate the Tet festival with their own way. Photo: Level-2 field hospital No. 3|
|They make use of available materials to cook traditional dishes for the Tet festival. Photo: Level-2 field hospital No. 3|
|This is the first time they have used banana leaves to make Banh Chung. Photo: Level-2 field hospital No. 3|
|The management board of the hospital makes a detailed plan on cultural and spiritual activities to ensure Vietnamese peacekeepers enjoy a joyful Tet celebration. Photo: Vietnam People's Army Newspaper|
|These activities include folk games such as goat catching while blindfolded, tug of war, kite flying, and drum beating, among others. Photo: VTC News|
|They erect a Neu (New Year tree) to pray for good luck in a new year. Photo: Level-2 field hospital No. 3|
|They create branches of peach and apricot blossoms, signaling the arrival of the spring. Photo: VTC News|
|Besides UN tasks, staff members of level-2 field hospital No. 3 in South Sudan spend time celebrating the traditional Tet holiday. Photo: VTC News|
The Ministry of National Defence has recently handed over the President’s decisions to seven officers who will be sent to the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), a mission established by the UN Security Council in 2011 for peacekeeping in Sudan.
This is the first time Vietnam has deployed officers to the UNISFA at the invitation of the UN, Major General Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said, adding that the country plans to deploy an engineering unit to the mission in the time ahead.
Among the officers, two have completed their peacekeeping tasks in South Sudan and Central Africa for one tenure.
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