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Peacekeeper Profile: Buba E. Sanyang

Buba E. Sanyang works with UNAMID at its sector headquarters in El Daein, East Darfur, where he is the Chief of Operations for the Sector East Police component.

Q: Tell us a bit about your work with UNAMID?

A: I started working with UNAMID in 2015 and was deployed to the Mission’s Team Site in Kass, South Darfur as a Patrol Officer. A few months later, I took over the Operations office and functioned as the Operations Officer for the Team Site. Subsequently, in March 2016, I became the Acting Team Site Commander for Kass.

In my current appointment as the Chief of Operations, Sector East Police component, I also function as the Acting Sector Commander.

Q: What, in your opinion, is your biggest achievement in your stint with UN peacekeeping?             

A: During my tenure in Kass, we worked a lot to build trustful relationships between displaced persons, local communities and UNAMID. Aside from daily confidence-building patrols, we organized training programmes, sensitization workshops and held regular meetings with community leaders, government representatives and members of the displaced population. I found this deep engagement at the local level to be very fulfilling.

In a similar vein, I am proud of the joint UNAMID-Government of Sudan Police Committee we have established in El Daein; this forum has created a strong foundation for cooperation and capacity-building endeavors with the state police.

Q: In your opinion why it is important to invest in peace?  

A: Peace promotes international security, reduces conflicts and makes countries governable. The absence of peace exposes states to failure. When a state fails, crime rates increase, which, in turn, endangers the lives of the ordinary people. Without peace, there can be no law and order. Moreover, there can be no development.