Responsible military presence
in an area does not stop at military security tasks. The
technical and financial capabilities of an international
operation must also be used to improve the living conditions
of the local population. In Tangi we turned water holes
into wells to increase hygiene and efficiency in the rudimentary
water supply of the township.
For over 30 years the UN-forces
have been stationed on the Golan Heights. The doctors and
medical staff not only treat the soldiers deployed to the
mission, but also local casualties are treated as part of
the UN humanitarian tasks. To allow modern and professional
treatment UNDOF constructed a new medical center in Camp
Modernizing the communication
facilities in UNDOF had highest priority. A "communications
dish", a so-called RADOME, had to be constructed at
an altitude of 2.800 m. We overcame the difficult logistical
challenges that com with construction "close to heaven".
Military missions abroad always
stress the safety of the deployed troops above the mission
objective. To be equipped for the worst-case scenario shelter
facilities have to be constructed. These concrete buildings
are covered with impact absorbing rocks held in metal cages.
For increased comfort they are constructed with sanitary
facilities, built-in communication technology and actually
are quite comfortable accommodations.