18 foreign soldiers on UN peace-keeping mission in South Sudan earn black belts in taekwondo

By Park Sae-jin Posted : July 10, 2015, 15:03 Updated : July 10, 2015, 15:03


1st Lt. Seo Min-wook, right, a taekwondo (traditional Korean martial art) master, fastens a black belt around the jacket for taekwondo of a foreign soldier at the base of the Korean contingent Hanbit Unit in Bor, about 170 kilometers north of the South Sudanese capital of Juba, Wednesday (local time). A total of 18 soldiers from Ethiopia, Uganda, India and Guatemala, who are on a United Nations peace-keeping mission in the African nation, earned black belts, the highest level in taekwondo. The 290-member Korean contingent, mostly engineers and medics. carry out work to construct infrastructure and provide humanitarian aid in South Sudan, the youngest African country which won its independence from Arab-dominated Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war.
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