Source: UN News Centre
By next month a full contingent of 330 engineers will be in place, as will road rollers, excavators, bulldozers and water tankers.
South Sudan, which became independent from Sudan in July last year, has hardly any tarmacked roads or other basic infrastructure, a legacy in part of years of civil war in Sudan.
Colonel Toru Namatame, who heads the Japanese unit in UNMISS, said his team specialized in “horizontal engineering” and its main role would be constructing roads and bridges.
Hilde F. Johnson, the head of UNMISS and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, voiced her gratitude to Japan for the new contingent.
“The arrival of the Japanese Engineering Contingent is a welcome addition to the mission and its efficiency will only strengthen our efforts to provide assistance to the new nation,” she said today.