January 14, 2016
Mogadishu – January 13th,2016; A team of experts from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) visited the Djiboutian Contingent in Beletweyne to assess the impact of training offered to AMISOM Peacekeepers prior and during the course of their deployment.
The aim of the assessment was to determine the usefulness of the training given to AU peacekeepers and identify gaps with the view of improving the training. The areas assessed include; Gender, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, Conduct and Discipline as well as Civilian Casualty Tracking, Analysis and Response Cell (CCTARC).
The team assessed the training as satisfactory under the given circumstances and noted a number of challenges that inhibit training, notable among them the difficulties of pulling officers together from the frontlines for training once deployed and language barrier. In this regard, the team noted the importance of conducting pre-deployment training in the home locations of Troop and Police Contributing Countries.
The assessment team was made up of Senior IHL and Human Rights Advisor – Dr Omar Abdulle Alasow, Gender Officer – Ms Mane Ahmed, Conduct and Discipline Officer – Lt Col (rtd) Jones Sarfo, CCTAR Senior Advisor – Mr. Basir Hashemi and the AMISOM Chief Training Officer – Col (rtd) Charles Debrah. The team was received by the AMISOM Sector 4 Contingent Commander – Colonel Ali Hamid Hassan.
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