In January 2008, I was one of the 11 AFP officers who served as United Nations Military Observers in the war-ravaged southern states of Sudan . Sending peacekeeping forces and military observers is part of our country's international commitments.
After an hour of bumpy ride over swamps and endless Savannah, I arrived in Bentiu town, the home of various African tribes including the dominant Nuwer and Dinka clans.
The UNMOs of TS Bentiu
This is my photo with the UNMOs during our visit on a rebel camp (Southern Peoples' Liberation Army). The representative of the Sudanese Armed Forces is the leftmost guy (seated); and the SPLA representative is seated to my right.
I used my basic diplomatic skills by presenting a token to the most senior SPLA Commander General Chol Thon.
Most of the Sudanese people are potential basketball players with an average height of around 6 feet. I met this policeman during one of my patrols.
It was in July 2011 that South Sudan finally became a free country. I am proud to have served in this part of the world, helping solve some of their problems.