28 January 2020 I UN has released stunning pictures of female Nepalese soldiers who are deployed in southern Lebanon as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
Nepalese soldiers, as 44 other natinationals, patrol the Lebanese village of Meiss Ej-Jebel on a regular basis. Participating in these patrols are a unit of female Nepalese soldiers who have, as the whole world can see in these pictures, broken through the barriers of a patriarchal society to achieve their dream of donning the uniform.
Seven seas away, they now help the UN keep peace in a volatile region.
Working alongside their male comrades from across the world, these brave women from the land of Gurkha legends help UNFIL observe, monitor and report the security situation on the ground, UNFIL says in its latest news release.
Nepal has some 870 peacekeepers on the ground serving for peace in the region since 1978.
According to Captain Sony Khadka who is one of the the female peacekeeper from Nepal, monitoring and reporting is one of the most essential cores of patrolling. “We conduct foot patrols every day along the Blue Line for a period of three hours, and when we see any suspicious activities in our area of operations, we report them to our battalion, while continuing to monitor the situation on the ground,” the patrol commander is quoted as saying on the UNFIL website.
Lieutenant Doctor Rakshya Bhandari emphasizes the main objective of these daily patrols, “Patrolling is one of the most visible activities we have been doing in south Lebanon for many years, in order to implement the Mission’s mandate and the implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1701. Our patrols are vital and critical for the stability in (south) Lebanon and the region.”