Dogs to the rescue in troubled South Sudan
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – VULNERABLE populations in strife-torn South Sudan have received a security boost following the deployment of more than 30 explosive detection dogs (EDDs).
The 37 dogs will regularly support United Nations Police (UNPOL) to conduct searches and enhance security at civilians sites, cargo and entry points.
They will detect prohibited or hazardous items, all of which are swiftly removed by UNPOL so that internally displaced people (IDPs), remain safe from harm.
Before the deployment, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) had six EDD teams which focus on entry point control and cargo searches in Juba, the capital.
Upon arrival, the dogs have been transferred to temporary kennels in Gumbo, Juba, where they have been acclimatized and paired with their handlers.
Once the dogs are settled they will be paired with expert handlers who will complete additional training with the dogs, which is tailored specifically to South Sudan.
While some of the dogs remain in Juba, to work at the UN Thom Ping Base, UN House and the UN airport, many have been transferred to Bentiu, Bor and Malakal.
Up to 300 000 people are estimated to have been killed since 2013 in the civil war ravaging South Sudan, Africa’s newest country of more than 12 million people.
The country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.
– CAJ News
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