South Sudan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Deng Dau Deng Malek speaks to SNI’s Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi and Video Journalist Prateek Suri in the capital Juba. He outlines his country’s gratitude to Indian peacekeepers and other Indians working in humanitarian efforts as the world’s largest democracy helps the world’s youngest country come out of civil conflict that has killed over 400,000 people and displaced over four million since 2013. The minister has also invited business and investment from India to help his country develop.
Deng Malek was appointed Deputy Minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation in September 2018. A close friend of the revolutionary leader John Garang, he served during the war in South Sudan where he was injured and had one of his legs amputated.