Women UN Police help instill safety at camps for South Sudan displaced

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UNPOL officer in South Sudan, Cynthia Anderson records date of search on shelter in displaced persons camp in Juba. Photo: UNMISS/Daniel Dickinson

South Sudanese citizens who have been displaced to UN protection camps as a result of conflict say they feel safer when those camps are searched for weapons and other prohibited items.

When the search is conducted by women, there’s a higher sense of trust, confidence and security.

That’s according to Cynthia Anderson, an officer from Ghana who is serving in the UN Police force, UNPOL, in South Sudan.

She leads the team who conducts surprise inspections to ensure the sites, known as POCs, remain civilian in nature.

Daniel Dickinson spoke to Cynthia and started by asking her how was the search operation on the POC in the country’s capital, Juba.

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