British troops in South Sudan

South Sudan: UK's Largest United Nations Mission Ends

British troops in South Sudan

The UK's largest United Nations mission has ended after four years.

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has seen hundreds of British personnel deployed to the African country to improve local infrastructure.

In addition to constructing hospitals and upgrading schools, prisons and bridges, 16 kilometres of roads have been improved to allow locals to travel more safely.

Minister for the Armed Forces Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: "The professionalism and skill of our troops has shone through over the last four years, not only in the huge contribution to essential infrastructure, but also the dedication to improving the lives of local people.

"Everyone I've met here, from politicians to UN officials have only the highest praise for the work of our Armed Forces in South Sudan."

During the mission in South Sudan, British troops have also given self-defence classes to hundreds of local women, plus women's rights training, educational workshops, and English language lessons.

In 2017, the mission was extended for an extra year.

The UK is now preparing to deploy a task force to Mali as part of the UN mission.

Cover image: British troops in South Sudan in 2017 (Picture: MOD).