Rwandan police force donate clean water to the vulnerable in Mali
The Rwanda Formed Police Unit (FPU1) contingent serving under the United Nations Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has launched a hunger security awareness programme in the West African.
The launch of the campaign was held on March 14, 2014 in the northern city of Gao, the contingent base.
The exercise also aimed at encouraging MINUSMA forces and local security institutions to engage in various initiatives to assist vulnerable communities.
The exercise was marked with the donation of bottled clear water to vulnerable families of Soso Koira and Aljanabandja, the quarters in Gao city.
The Rwandan peacekeepers alone donated over 21,000 litres of clean water.
About 90 percent of the population in Gao city are currently in extreme water shortage following the recent instability in the northern parts of Mali which destroyed public infrastructures including water tanks and pipes.
“We are introducing these community policing activities to engage everyone including our friendly peacekeeping forces, local security organs and the population itself, to cooperate in solving problems affecting locals,” Chief Sup. Bértin Mutezintare, the Rwanda FPU contingent Commander ,said.
The event was also attended by army and police peacekeeping forces in Mali, local security institutions, authorities and residents.
The initiative was welcomed by MINUSMA authorities and local population and pledged to promote it for the good of the communities.