In all 150 Indians serving as peacekeepers with the UN Mission in South Sudan have got medals of honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice.
The UN Mission said, 'A glimpse beyond the dedicated Service and Sacrifice of the @UN blue beret - Indian peacekeepers receive medals of honour in Malakal -@India Be Proud.' These medals were given away at a ceremony filled with parades and performances by a piped band.
Colonel Amit Gupta was among the recipients. A UN newsletter said Col. Gupta commanded a battalion of 850 soldiers in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan conducted highly sought-after veterinary camps and a veterinary hospital in Malakal.
Col Gupta said, 'I want to be remembered as having left positive memories for the people in South Sudan. I also want to leave them in a better place, where they are able to generate income for themselves and build their country.'