In November 2016, an IED attack killed a young girl, wounded one civilian, and injured 32 peacekeepers in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) - an integral component of MONUSCO - conducted the early technical assessment of the blast. UNMAS requested an IED threat mitigation expert from MINUSMA to assess MONUSCO IED response capacity and produce preliminary recommendations.
As part of these recommendations, an IED Threat Mitigation Officer from MINUSMA delivered two “training of trainers” courses in January and February on IED Awareness to UN security personnel in Goma. The objective is to reduce the impact of such incidents and improve the rapid-response capacity of MONUSCO personnel in case of IED events.
Thanks to this collaboration, a total of 25 UN security staff and other personnel completed their training. They are now working towards improving their internal capacity to better respond to potential IED related incidents in eastern DRC.
“This training is a positive initiative to improve MONUSCO’s own ability to deliver quality IED training for the Force. The ongoing MINUSMA/MONUSCO cooperation allows for the further development of additional training that shall compliment these efforts,” said an UNMAS official in the DRC.
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