Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Red Cross Instructs the new AFL
On Monday October 29th, the International Committee of the Red Cross began a "train the trainer" program for Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers, members of the Liberian Ministry of National Defense and PAE at the Edward Binyah Kessely Military Barracks along the Roberts Highway east of Monrovia. Students attended three days of instruction, which will be followed Friday and Saturday with a practical exercise. The course is designed to develop instructors to teach other soldiers about the Laws of Armed Conflict and the treatment of combatants and non-combatants -- important training for every soldier the world over. The Red Cross also taught the first class of AFL soldiers who went through their initial entry training last year. Now that we have some experienced troops, the Red Cross classes are essential to help the AFL develop its own ability to train soldiers.