Red Cross Society (GRCS) have recently concluded a three-day training of its
second batch of 45 volunteers and staff on protecting refugees, asylum-seekers
and persons at risk of statelessness on the move in The Gambia at Lower River
Region Education Directorate in Mansakonko.
A total of 96 volunteers and staff of The Gambia Red Cross Society who will be engage in the six months project were also trained on the tools and mechanisms of identification, information and referral of persons of concern to UNHCR.
Martin De Oliveira Santos, an associate protection officer at the UNHCR regional office in Dakar and a facilitator said the training aims at building the capacity of project personnel on protecting refugees, asylum-seekers and persons at risk of statelessness on the move in The Gambia through identification, information and referral of those in need of international protection.
He said the training covered overview of the project, UNHCR mandate and persons of concern, mixed movements in West Africa, sexual and gender-based violence and child protection in the context of mixed movements, human trafficking and exploitation, GRCS and UNHCR code of conducts and the tools to be used during the project.
Mr. Santos thanked GRCS for committing to support the course of international protection and expressed satisfaction to work with The Gambia Red Cross Society.
Secretary General Alasan Senghore thanked UNHCR for the trust, saying the project is in line with the Global Compact on Migration, which aims to provide more protection and better treatment for migrants and refugees.
Mr. Senghore emphasised that sexual and domestic violence is unacceptable and challenged the volunteers to provide services with diligent and honesty and to respect the Code of Conduct of the National Society. He also urged them to perform well with quality so as to continue winning the trust and confident of UNHCR and other partners in the Red Cross.
Acting Vice President of The Gambia Red Cross Society Bakary Sanneh reassured UNHCR of their commitment for the successful implementation of the project. He challenged the volunteers to be more proactive in the implementation of the project and encouraged them to make sure all their doubts are cleared before leaving the training.