The Civil Affairs Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) organized A day-long workshop for cadets from different military groups, which was made up of 50 participants who were trained on the basics of civilian-military cooperation. The purpose of this training which took place in Maridi Training Centre, Western Equatoria, was to teach young cadets how to work with civilians, protect them when the need arises and address any related issue. This was explained by Emmanuel Dukundane, a Civil Affairs Officer with the peacekeeping mission.
Captain Juma Maluo from the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces communicated how useful the training was for him and his fellow cadets as they have learnt a lot from international law and human rights principles to building trust and confidence among all communities were, they are to serve, not forgetting the importance of being agents of peace who are equipped to prevent conflict as uniformed personnel’s.
For her part, Captain Gisma Abudi Modi, a trainee from the Sudan’s People Liberation Army (IO), feels that an important aspect of the workshop was bringing together both men and women in uniform who represent different political parties. “We might have differing political views or look at issues through our own respective gender lenses; but, we are all united in one thing—our job is to protect all our people so that this young nation can progress on the path to a sustainable peace,” she stated. The training workshop which was a part of the mission’s ongoing support to the South Sudanese government in implementing all provisions of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, received appreciation from Major-General Justin Alfred, Acting Commander, 6th Division, and all participants. The hope that the skills the young cadets have learned will enable them to hit the ground running when they assume their formal roles and responsibilities is what UNMISS, the South Sudanese government, and public looks up to.
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