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Korean PKO troops install street lamps in South Sudan

All Headlines 13:51 November 26, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean peacekeeping troops in South Sudan have installed street lamps in Bor, the Jonglei State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff office said Sunday.

The Hanbit Unit erected 30 lamps in a 1-kilometer section of the town's main road as part of its efforts to help the country rebuild itself from the aftermath of a devastating civil war. The first lamps on the street in decades lit up Friday.

The 270-strong contingent has been stationed in the African country since 2013 on a U.N. peacekeeping mission.

Local officials expressed hopes the lamps will help enhance safety and encourage late-time business activities, according to the JCS office.

The lamps use semipermanent, environment-friendly light-emitting diodes and are powered by solar energy, a feature especially helpful to the country suffering from electricity shortages.

"In addition to the U.N.-imposed recovery mission, we will carry out various humanitarian activities to provide practical assistance to South Sudan citizens," Army Col. Ahn Duk-sang, chief of the unit, was quoted as saying.

The unit has been involved in rebuilding works to expand an airport, repair and maintain roads and drains, and construct waste disposal facilities. It also runs a farm and a vocational school for local residents.

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