MEA comes to the rescue in Sudan
Clashes between pro and anti-government forces have caused huge damage to property and have resulted in many human casualties. The Ministry of External Affiars has been swift in its communication, strategy and actions to secure the safety of Indian citizens in South Sudan. Mrs. Sushma Swaraj has quickly and effectively communicated to all Indian citizens not to panic. She has assured all the citizens to stay calm even as she assured the Indian government has taken stock of the situation and will act appropriately to secure the safety of citizens.
The Ministry of External Affairs has sought Indian citizens to register themselves at the Indian embassy. An email id and phone numbers (please find below) have been created so that Indians in Sudan can communicate their requirements for evacuation from Sudan.
1. There has been a law and order breakdown in South Sudan and 2500 Indian soldiers belonging to the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) are in the country. Nearly 150 of them are placed at Juba, the epicentre of the conflict.
2. A considerable amount of the Indian soldiers are there from the Maharashtra police force. In the conflict zone is also the Deputy Commissioner and four other junior officers.
The Logical Indian appeals to Indian citizens to help MEA in spreading the information (email id and phone numbers mentioned above in the article) to Indian citizens abroad. We applaud Mrs Sushma Swaraj’s efforts in securing the safety of Indian citizens, their quick and effective communication.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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