Namibian peacekeepers return from Darfur

09 February 2021 | Weather

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga on Friday welcomed back 14 police officers who had served in the United Nations African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for two years.

He said conditions in peacekeeping operations are not always conducive, in most cases complex in nature and very often demand officers that are committed, fit both physically and mentally and ready to face challenges in such environments.

“These may include health-threatening conditions such as malaria, allergies, stress, depression and now the outbreak of the coronavirus.”

Ndeitunga therefore commended the officers for having been strong and persistent until the end of their mission.

He pointed out that in Namibia the situation is also no longer the same due to the unprecedented threat of the coronavirus that the world is faced with.

“As a result, we as law enforcement are required to be on the front line to oversee the enforcement of some regulations, just to mitigate the spread of the virus in our society.”

He further reassured the officers that his office and the entire management of the police were ready to assist them to ensure that they are well prepared for resuming their national duties.

Ndeitunga said their redeployment would be well-coordinated to ensure that the police benefit from the new skills and knowledge that they acquired from the international exposure.

He said despite various challenges the Namibian police remained committed to honour its international obligations of maintaining peace and stability around the world.

“We do this through the deployment of police officers to UN peacekeeping missions, to assist those communities that are affected by conflicts to rebuild their societies for sustainable peace and security.”

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