Ghanaian Peacekeepers serving with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have presented stationery items and clothing to inmates of National Prisons Services of South Sudan in Unity State, Bentiu on Thursday 16 July 2021.
The kind gesture which forms part of the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities of the Battalion sought to exhibit love towards the inmates of the facility.
The CIMIC Officer, Capt IB Koranteng stated that it was vision of the Commanding Officer (CO) Ghanbatt 8, Lt Col RK Sagoe to touch lives and put smiles on the faces of the needy and less privileged in diverse ways as part of their role as peacekeepers in South Sudan. She added that, Ghanbatt had carried out several outreaches in its area of operations in pursuing its mandate hence the inmates could not be left out.
Capt Koranteng stressed that, the support focused on equipping the Prison to be able to rehabilitate inmates by imparting the necessary knowledge and skills to them.
The Director of Central Prisons Unity State, Maj Gen Yoanis Orach who received the items on behalf of the Prison expressed profound appreciation to Ghanbatt for remembering the inmates. He said the support was timely and would compliment the efforts of the government to help inmates access basic necessities which would aid in their transformation to become better personalities in the society.
Maj Gen Orach further encouraged inmates to take their education serious in order to help them acquire the knowledge and skills that would enlighten them in their transformation process. He added that they seeing themselves there was not the end of their lives hence they could become key contributors in development of the society in future. He urged them to eschew all forms of social vices that would bring them back to the place after serving their jail term.