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U.N. Peacekeeper Ken Payumo

In 2014, in South Sudan, Ken Payumo faced an angry government official and soldiers demanding access to the 12,000 civilians taking refuge from the civil war in the United Nations compound behind him. He tells Steve Kraske of the incredible step he took to save their lives while endangering his own.


  • Ken Payumo is the chief of peacekeeping operations for the U.N. Department of Safety and Security.

Ken Payumo will deliver the keynote address at the U.N. Peacekeepers Roundtable at 11 a.m. on September 19 at the Kansas City Chamber's Boardroom in Union Station. Register for the event here. 


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Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Jenny began her radio career in 1994 as a news reporter for KSMU in Springfield, Mo. at Southwest Missouri State University. She moved to Kansas City in 1996 and worked as an intern for New Letters On the Air.