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Learning From the Past: Enhancing Comprehensive Protection of Civilians
MUSANZE, Rwanda – U.S. Africa Command, through the Department of State’s Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative, in partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Rwanda, and the United Nations Integrated Training Services conducted a comprehensive train-the-trainers course on protection of civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 6-11.
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians work on their scenario based exercise at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
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Photo 1 of 7: Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians work on their scenario based exercise at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released) Download full-resolution version
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians listen to a lecture from Kenyan Lt. Col. Abraham Biwot, UN Integrated Training Services instructor, on the protection of civilians during the military planning process at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The course is designed to instruct the trainers from partner African troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to enhance their capability and strengthen their skill-set in training future peacekeepers from their countries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
7 photos: Learning From the Past: Enhancing Comprehensive Protection of Civilians
Photo 2 of 7: Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians listen to a lecture from Kenyan Lt. Col. Abraham Biwot, UN Integrated Training Services instructor, on the protection of civilians during the military planning process at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The course is designed to instruct the trainers from partner African troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to enhance their capability and strengthen their skill-set in training future peacekeepers from their countries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released) Download full-resolution version
Brazil Cmdr. Alexandre Simioni, UN Integrated Training Services instructor, goes over a group discussion with Kenyan Maj. Raphael Mutende Mwei, course participant, during the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day course, designed by the UN, consisted of conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
7 photos: Learning From the Past: Enhancing Comprehensive Protection of Civilians
Photo 3 of 7: Brazil Cmdr. Alexandre Simioni, UN Integrated Training Services instructor, goes over a group discussion with Kenyan Maj. Raphael Mutende Mwei, course participant, during the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day course, designed by the UN, consisted of conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released) Download full-resolution version
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians  go over their scenario based exercise during the last day of the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
7 photos: Learning From the Past: Enhancing Comprehensive Protection of Civilians
Photo 4 of 7: Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians go over their scenario based exercise during the last day of the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released) Download full-resolution version
Senegal Lt. Abdou Aziz Diouf, United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians participant, talks to his teammates about their scenario based exercise during the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The course is designed to instruct the trainers from partner African troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to enhance their capability and strengthen their skill-set in training future peacekeepers from their countries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
7 photos: Learning From the Past: Enhancing Comprehensive Protection of Civilians
Photo 5 of 7: Senegal Lt. Abdou Aziz Diouf, United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians participant, talks to his teammates about their scenario based exercise during the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The course is designed to instruct the trainers from partner African troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to enhance their capability and strengthen their skill-set in training future peacekeepers from their countries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released) Download full-resolution version
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians listen to the closing ceremony of the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
7 photos: Learning From the Past: Enhancing Comprehensive Protection of Civilians
Photo 6 of 7: Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians listen to the closing ceremony of the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Col. James L. Donelson, U.S. AFRICOM J55 Division Chief, speaks during the closing ceremony of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019.  This training directly supports USAFRICOM’s African Campaign Plan to strengthen partner networks and enhance partner capability to achieve a key campaign objective of enabling “African Partners to Contribute to Regional Security." (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
7 photos: Learning From the Past: Enhancing Comprehensive Protection of Civilians
Photo 7 of 7: U.S. Air Force Col. James L. Donelson, U.S. AFRICOM J55 Division Chief, speaks during the closing ceremony of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. This training directly supports USAFRICOM’s African Campaign Plan to strengthen partner networks and enhance partner capability to achieve a key campaign objective of enabling “African Partners to Contribute to Regional Security." (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released) Download full-resolution version
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians work on their scenario based exercise at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians listen to a lecture from Kenyan Lt. Col. Abraham Biwot, UN Integrated Training Services instructor, on the protection of civilians during the military planning process at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The course is designed to instruct the trainers from partner African troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to enhance their capability and strengthen their skill-set in training future peacekeepers from their countries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
Brazil Cmdr. Alexandre Simioni, UN Integrated Training Services instructor, goes over a group discussion with Kenyan Maj. Raphael Mutende Mwei, course participant, during the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day course, designed by the UN, consisted of conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians  go over their scenario based exercise during the last day of the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
Senegal Lt. Abdou Aziz Diouf, United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians participant, talks to his teammates about their scenario based exercise during the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 10, 2019. The course is designed to instruct the trainers from partner African troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to enhance their capability and strengthen their skill-set in training future peacekeepers from their countries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
Participants of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians listen to the closing ceremony of the course at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019. The six-day training teaches attendees conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)
U.S. Air Force Col. James L. Donelson, U.S. AFRICOM J55 Division Chief, speaks during the closing ceremony of the United Nations Training the Trainers Course on Comprehensive Protection of Civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 11, 2019.  This training directly supports USAFRICOM’s African Campaign Plan to strengthen partner networks and enhance partner capability to achieve a key campaign objective of enabling “African Partners to Contribute to Regional Security." (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)

MUSANZE, Rwanda – U.S. Africa Command, through the Department of State’s Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative, in partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Rwanda, and the United Nations Integrated Training Services conducted a comprehensive train-the-trainers course on protection of civilians at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze, Rwanda, May 6-11.

The purpose of the course was to instruct the trainers from African partner troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to enhance their capability and strengthen their skill-set in training future peacekeepers. “What we are teaching the participants has been motivated by civilians who have suffered in conflict starting with Rwanda,” said Kenyan Lt. Col. Abraham Biwot, UN ITS instructor. “The UN recognized that if civilians aren’t protected in times of conflict then it will affect international peace and security.”

Twenty-eight participants from 13 African partner nations and the Netherlands, and five instructors from the United Nations Integrated Training Services attended the training. The six-day curriculum, designed by the UN, consisted of conceptual, operational and tactical framework to peace support operations with an emphasis on the protection of civilians.

During the training, the participants learned about the key aspects of protection during a crisis which included planning, conducting a threat analysis and conducting a risk assessment as well as going through a scenario on how to protect civilians.

“[The training] has really sharpened our knowledge and our skills,” said Zambian Col. Prosper Mangamu, course participant. “We also had the opportunity to visit the Rwandan Memorial site and it gave us a lot of insight on the need to protect civilians during times of conflict because they are the most vulnerable groups.”

This training directly supports USAFRICOM’s African Campaign Plan to strengthen partner networks and enhance partner capability to achieve a key campaign objective of enabling “African Partners to Contribute to Regional Security”. “We have a partner centric strategy,” said U.S. Air Force Col. James L. Donelson, J55 division chief. “That means everything that we do at U.S. Africa Command starts with our partners.”

The train-the-trainer course, held twice a year, allows U.S. Africa Command to impart key concepts of soldier professionalization with second and third degree effects to reduce incidents in UN missions in Africa as well as spreading civilian protection tactics. Overall, this important and cost effective program is a force multiplier to enhance partner capability and peacekeeping operation objectives throughout Africa.

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