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Updated On: Monday, 16 July 2018
Development Issues

Rwanda Female Police in South Sudan

Content by: South-South News

2 July 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — A new contingent of Rwandan police officers, consisting of 80 men and 80 women, has joined the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where, among other duties, they will be tasked with crowd control, facilitating delivery of humanitarian assistance, and protection of UN facilities.

Teddy Ruyenzi, Commander of the Juba-based Rwandan Formed Police Unit (FPU) and with previous peacekeeping experience from Haiti and Mali said, “Their arrival today is a signal to women not only in South Sudan but across the world that women are capable of doing anything when given the opportunity.”

One of the new arrivals, Inspector Police Speciose Dusabe, also stresses the importance of having a significant number of female police officers in United Nations peacekeeping operations.

She said, “Children and women are vulnerable groups and normally the ones most affected by conflicts. They will feel more comfortable interacting and sharing information with women police."

Inspector Police Dusabe and her colleagues were selected by the Rwandan police authorities for UN peacekeeping based on their experience and skills. The chosen police officers then underwent about six months of pre-deployment training and had to pass a number of exams before being sent to Juba.

They are also expected to assist women and children who have suffered most from the violent conflict that erupted in South Sudan in 2013.

Bosco Byagatonda, a Rwandan Formed Police Unit Inspector, said,“They need peacekeepers also of the same sex or same gender who will help them with their activities, for example, organizing them, teaching them about community policing and how to make them feel free without fearing from the insecurity.”

The Rwandan Formed Police Unit will be based in Juba but may be deployed elsewhere in the country if and when needed. In the capital, its members will work in the peacekeeping mission’s protection sites for displaced persons seeking shelter but also, by means of confidence-building city patrols together with other UN police officers, protect civilians in other places.

In line with the current mandate of the Mission, renewed in March this year, UN police officers are expected to provide their South Sudanese police counterparts with technical assistance and advice.

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