27 Mar 2018
UNIFIL peacekeepers from the Republic of Korea today donated blood to the Tyre City Red Cross during a ceremony at the Korean Contingent’s main base in south-western Lebanon.
A total of 42 Korean peacekeepers donated 19 litres of blood under the “Blood Donation of Love” campaign.
This is the second time the Korean peacekeepers have donated blood in the last three months and the fourth in eight months.
In his remarks at the event, the Korean Contingent’s senior medical officer Major Park Rae Jung highlighted the importance of blood transfusion and donations in saving lives. “As peacekeepers entrusted with maintaining peace in south Lebanon, we hope that today’s donation helps patients in need of transfusions,” he said.
The Republic of Korea’s involvement in UNIFIL is in its 11th year, making it the country’s longest foreign deployment. Korean peacekeepers carry out a number of civil-military cooperation activities, including medical support, Taekwondo classes, sewing classes and local support projects. UNIFIL currently has about 330 peacekeepers from the Republic of Korea.