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4/9/15

Swedish Military - Mali: Hunger rations: Swedish peacekeepers slam small UN-supplied meals in Mali

The Swedish contingency of an international UN-led peacekeeping operation in Mali is up in arms over the apparent paltry size of food rations, which, they say, is forcing soldiers to go to bed hungry.
Swedish soldiers told the Dagens Nyheter daily that the UN-supplied food rations of 1,800 kilocalories per person daily is not enough.

“It's insane that in 2015 we should not be getting enough food. It affects the mood. People get cranky and angry when they can't eat until they get full,” one soldier told Dagens Nyheter, The Local reported.

The Swedish soldiers, who arrived in January 2015 and are based close to Timbuktu, believe the rations were intended for the dietary standards for some of the other 39 participating countries, but not for them.

“1,800 calories is perhaps enough for the UN soldiers from Burkina Faso and Bangladesh who are often smaller built, but not for us,” said another Swedish soldier.

Read more: Hunger rations: Swedish peacekeepers slam small UN-supplied meals in Mali — RT News

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