Paulo Samwel Budhok, a Human Resources Manager with Oxfam International in South Sudan, attended the same course a couple of weeks later.
"I came to the training because I wanted to link my theoretical knowledge with practical, on-the-ground challenges," says Paulo. "As a humanitarian worker, it’s vital that we’re aware of personal safety and security in emergencies. I will urge the organisation to send more staff for the training, especially those working in volatile areas. I would also encourage my female national colleagues to attend this training because there is a perception that security training is for men only."
According to data released by the United Nations on World Refugee Day (20th June), South Sudan is currently ranked third in the list of countries that produce the most refugees (after Syria and Afghanistan). Humanitarian agencies operating in the world’s youngest country face extremely difficult and often dangerous conditions. Aid workers - and particularly local staff - are often the target of violent incidents.
Oxfam works in ten field locations in South Sudan, delivering both emergency response and longer-term development projects. Their work benefits displaced populations, and the local communities that host them.