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UNMISS posting helps UN Volunteer retain her belief in humanity
03 June 2015
In her duties as a UNV Civil Affairs Officer deployed to UNMISS, UN Volunteer Katia Da Silva (seated with sunglasses) from Portugal, registers newly arrived internally displaced persons seeking refuge at a camp in Bentiu. (Photo: UN Volunteer Anna Adkiri, 2014)
What UN Volunteer Katia Cristina Da Silva, from Portugal, experienced during her assignment with UNMISS as a UNV Civilian Affairs Officer, especially during the crisis in 2014, has helped her retain her belief in humanity. Read
My work as a journalist editor at the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
29 May 2015
International UN Volunteer Adoum Goulgué (on the left) serves at the UNPOL section within the MINUSTAH in Haiti, (UNV, 2015)
I’m Adoum Goulgué, I’m UN volunteer at the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). I work as a journalist-editor in the United Nations police (UNPOL) Section. But before that, I worked as responsible for public information at the publication unit, section of the Communication Office of Public Information, where I arrived on 01st July 2013.

I have 10 years of experience in journalism, including four in the weekly newspaper in Chad, and four others as communication officer with humanitarian NGOs in eastern Chad.

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Countries:  Haiti
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When moving from one village to another one, we realized how our presence was crucial
29 May 2015
UN Volunteer Giorgio Alegri taking part in his first Joint Protection mission, which aimed at investigating alleged grave human rights violations. (UNV Programme, 2015)
I am Italian and define myself as a “soul traveller”. Prior to moving to the Central African Republic (CAR), I have been working, living and studying overseas for the last 10 years. Over the time, I developed expertise in the areas of capacity building, migration, and human trafficking across different countries mainly from South/Southeast Asia, and Africa. Read
Being a Civil Affairs officer in Côte d'Ivoire
29 May 2015
Originally from Niger, My name is Samira Keita and I am a United Nations Volunteer Civil Affairs Officer in Man, Ivory Coast. Having earned a Master’s Degree in NGO Management and Development from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, I was first introduced to the work of the United Nations while interning at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, becoming a consultant in the aftermath.

I became a UN volunteer after having subsequently served in different NGOs where I worked for the promotion of democracy, enhancing the participation of women in political processes and empowering the national governance in Niger, my home country. I also served as an election observer in the Ivory Coast.

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Coordinating Blue Helmet rotations on the ground
29 May 2015
International UN Volunteer Nalin Perera (in the middle) serves within the MONUSCO, based in Kigali airport (programme VNU, 2015)
19,815 is the number of peacekeepers deployed to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Sent by 52 troop-contributing countries, contingents are deployed for a period that varies from six to eight months before being replaced with a new contingent. The deployment and repatriation of contingents take place in Entebbe, Bujumbura or Kigali, where MONUSCO has MovCon liaison offices.

Nalin Perera, a MovCon Assistant at the Kigali airport, coordinates flights for the rotation of military contingents being deployed and repatriated from the Rwandan capital

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