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How to remain human in the face of extreme suffering
26 May 2016
Solomon Ayiko (right), UNV Relief, Reintegration and Protection Officer, with protection patrols, following a road used by women to collect firewood and charcoal where incidents of SGBV are common. An IDP is holding Solomon to help him walk in the deep water. (UNV, 2016)
My role as a UN Volunteer Relief, Reintegration and Protection Officer with UNMISS is to strengthen coordination among the different humanitarian actors in order to mitigate the risk of violence. My work also involves engaging with leaders from IDP communities to address inter-communal tensions, and to support local confidence to build community resilience and a peaceful co-existence. Read
Former combatants stand for election after civic education by UN Volunteer in CAR
25 May 2016
Officers of armed groups attend a sensitization session led by Madina Dia  (Senegal) (right), UNV Electoral Advisor with MINUSCA's Electoral Assistance Division, Bambari Regional Office. (MINUSCA, 2015)
Madina Dia is a UN Volunteer Electoral Advisor with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. She worked with local elections authorities to develop strategies for a peaceful election in December 2015. Following sensitization campaigns and training on the role of elections as the legal means to access power, independent legislative candidates from armed groups registered to serve their country. Read
Powering peacekeeping operations in Côte d’Ivoire
24 May 2016
Ba Abdu is a UN Volunteer Generator Mechanic Supervisor with the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI). He works on maintenance and repair of generator units in different parts of the country. Ba’s work contributes to making the mission’s mandate possible. Power supply allows for public information to reach the communities, for example, or for people to be able to vote in remote areas. Read
Improving living conditions in Haiti
19 May 2016
As a UNV Water Sanitation Engineer, Riza Elfina supervises the water quality control laboratory and the installation of relevant water treatment plants. (UNV, 2016)
I joined the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti as a UN Volunteer one year after the devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010. This tragic event motivated me to dedicate my time and experience to help restore a secure and stable environment in Haiti. I now serve as a UNV Water Sanitation Engineer, supervising the water quality control laboratory and the installation of relevant water treatment plants. Read
More about: Emergency relief  Health
Countries:  Haiti
Creating opportunities for Palestinian adolescents
11 May 2016
Chizuru Iwata, international UN Volunteer Adolescent Participation Officer in the State of Palestine.
“Adolescents can be powerful agents of change in communities,” says Chizuru Iwata, an international UN Volunteer from Japan, who worked with UNICEF as a UNV Adolescent Participation Officer in the State of Palestine. Read
More about: Youth

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