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EUTM Mali “Even war has limits”

Protection of vulnerable people. The Malian soldiers are divided into 4 groups: the vulnerable, the protectors, the attackers and the observers. The attackers must pierce balloons carried by the vulnerable group, the protectors must put in place a device and a strategy to avoid this. At the end of the exercise, the group of observers presents and analyzes the phases of the scenario, in relation with the IHL instructor and the protagonists. This exercise also allows the military to become aware of the need for coordinated and clearly identifiable action by the civilian populations.
Simulation exercise in which soldiers must put in place a device and a strategy to protect vulnerable people. This exercise also allows the military to become aware of the need for coordinated and clearly identifiable action by the civilian populations (Credit: EUTM Mali)

(BRUSSELS2) At the Koulikoro camp, military training, strictly speaking, is coupled with practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL). The objective of these courses, included in the EUTM Mali training cycle, is very practical. This is to enable Malian soldiers to know how to react and behave towards civilian populations or refugees that they may encounter during their future deployments. Based on concrete cases: How to search a house and deal with suspicious civilians? What to do if during a checkpoint, a civilian flees? How to control a suspect when a certain number of civilians are around, how to treat a prisoner? etc.

« Designed by EUTM for EUTM, this unique course is the most advanced in this field », we explain from EUTM Mali. The IHL investigation is coordinated by Great Britain, which has made an expert available, in collaboration with the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). European instructors also receive weekly training, which they must integrate into military courses.

Leonor Hubaut

© B2 - Bruxelles2 is a French online media that focuses on political Europe (powers, defence, foreign policy, internal security). It follows and analyzes developments in European policy, unvarnished and without concessions. Approved by the CPPAP. Member of SPIIL. Please quote "B2" or "Bruxelles2" in case of recovery Leonor Hubaut is a journalist. Graduated in international relations from the Free University of Brussels (specialization in globalization). She covers for B2 the work of the European Parliament, CSDP missions and African issues. Sahel specialist.

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