Major Nina Raduha, UNIFIL’s Slovenian Contingent commander, settles into the medical chair and stretches out her arm. Along with 100 UNIFIL peacekeepers from Italy, Slovenia, Ireland and Armenia, Major Raduha has volunteered to donate her blood to the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC).
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers at its headquarters in Naqoura, vowing to advance its partnership with Lebanese authorities and local leaders in maintaining a safe and stable environment in south Lebanon.
In the antique historical city of Tyre – criss-crossed by a labyrinth of narrow streets and pathways – the onset of spring is usually a boon. The reason: it brings with it economic prosperity in the form of thousands of tourists.
Bassem Hashem, Deputy Mayor of Shab’a, strolls along the recently graded dirt road and pauses at the new bridge. He examines the construction work and chats with the structural engineer. Construction of this new bridge crossing a stream in the valley has just been completed.
Local farmers and traders had just started to assemble and set up stalls along the main street of Bint Jbeil when UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary, accompanied by local dignitaries, strolled in to the weekly market.