RN’s leading military police go to peace campaign in Africa – 04/30/2022 – News

Felipe Salustino
Journalist

Major Walter Lucio Montero dos Santos, aged 46 and with extensive experience in the military police of the Rio Grande do Norte (PMRN), is preparing to move to South Sudan in the north-central part of Africa. . The United Nations (UN) has designated Potiguar for peacekeeping operations following an intensive selection process last year. There is no specific date for the start of work – the first of its kind in the military’s 25-year career – but the major is expected to travel to Africa next June.

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RN’s leading military police go to peace campaign in Africa – 04/30/2022 – News

The Prime Minister of the RN, Walter Lucio Montero, had dreamed of participating in the peace campaign from the beginning of his career in the police.

In South Sudan, Major Walter joins the military from the rest of the world to work in the security of refugee camps and in the social reconstruction of the country, which is confronted by serious conflicts and disputes caused by political differences and economic problems. . “My position is that of a personal police officer [IPO, na sigla em inglês]”, Says the Major.

“First of all, we work to secure these camps by patrolling and maintaining peace and order among the various ethnic groups living there. This is unarmed and voluntary. Refugee camps mobilize thousands of people from different parts of South Sudan, especially from far corners. “Says the soldier.

Work towards Juba, the capital where most refugees are. But large cities in the interior register people in these conditions. According to Major Walter, actions are focused on resolving conflicts within the camps. “In these places differences in religion and culture are resolved in conflict. And then, he arrives with police expertise to appease these places, ”he reports.

With the boarding already close, preparation will not be easy. The first part began in 2013 with English classes about ten years ago. “As I improved the language, I became more confident and things could happen after bureaucratic procedures,” he says.

Participation of Brazilian military police in the UN is through the General Inspectorate of Military Police (IGPM), a Brazilian military agency that regulates the calling and training of military police (including military police auxiliaries and reserve forces) as volunteers for peace operations in the military.

“The Army sends vacancies to the Brazilian military police and I volunteered last year”, key details. Prior to selection, candidates prepared for the Peace Operations (EPMP) in Rio de Janeiro. “I spent two months from October to December last year, living in the barracks of Vila Military Do Rio, with all the difficulties inherent in military life,” he says.

During this period, the major and other soldiers who went through the internship class with local populations on simulated attacks, ambush, dialogue and conflict resolution. Throughout the course, in what they described as “very realistic”, only South Sudan’s official language, English, was allowed.

After two months of internship, the soldier was able to compete for a vacancy to go on a mission, but he still had to compete in the second phase of selection with the achievement of a set of tests. Major Walter says that, at the end of the process, 34 received the seal of merit for approved peace operations. About 14 of these go to South Sudan. Others have to wait two years for a call.

After this period, if they are not called, they will have to restart the process if they wish to apply for a new vacancy. In addition to Major Walter, two other Poitiers have been approved for UN peacekeeping operations: Major William and Captain Montenegro, who have already participated in other missions. According to the Army’s parameters, summons are preferred to those who have not yet gone through the same experience as Major Walter.

Accomplished with the victory, he claims to be dealing with anxiety well on the eve of the trip. “Anxiety always hits, but it’s highly regulated. After all, it’s been 46 years and 25 years of service,” he promises. According to him the hardest thing is to cope with his family’s longing.

“My son is 10 years old and my daughter is one and a half years old. They are the most precious thing I have. Thank God I am married to a very partner person. My wife is amazing and always understands my routine. It’s hard to stay away from home. There are times when loneliness comes and we really cry, overflow. And this time it’s no different.
Major dreamed of a peace operation
Major Walter Lucio Montero Dos Santos joined the PMRN in 1997 after being approved by the public tender. During these 25 years, the trajectory has been identified through the Department of Internal Affairs of the Military Police, both in the area of ​​legal and disciplinary counseling and in the area of ​​operation. Prominent were exhibits with Radio Patrol, as well as in the Command of the Environmental Policing and Traffic Command.

At the time, Major Walter worked in several areas of Brazil. Worked with quilombolas and miners in kayapos), dourados (MS), amazonas and para.

Along with the National Force, the soldier participated in two major events of the world sport: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. “My role at the World Cup lasted about two months. I worked with the riot police in Rio Grande do Sul. It was indescribable.

“After that, I was delighted to be invited by the Security Coordinator for the Olympics to facilities at Vila dos Aletas in Rio de Janeiro. It was an honor to see Messi, Usain Bolt, three meters away. [Novak] Djocovic, Daniele Hypólito, Neymar … It worked out so well because there was so many people involved and everyone was committed to making the best program and ignoring the complex of our monastery. We have made a magnificent and safe event. I consider it to be the golden end of my participation in the National Force, ”he says proudly.

Achievements are the embodiment of the dream a soldier has had since childhood. “My father is also a military police officer and I practically grew up in the organization. Since I was a boy, my dream of joining the ranks of the Prime Minister. Thank God I did. But it was not easy.” The realization of the first dream was accompanied by a second desire, which he now fulfills.

The desire to serve on the Peace Mission was inspired by this 25-year career. “When I joined the Prime Minister, during my training in the Officer Training Course (CFO), I had a teacher named Captain Reynaldo. He was intelligent, spoke good English and had already participated in UN operations with other military police officers, ”he recalls.

The soldier reveals that “our current Secretary of Defense, Colonel Arazzo, has served as a traffic police commander, Colonel Silva Jr. These people, from the very beginning of my career, inspired me to make this dream come true.” Betting, it started to kick-start the search for an industry that would take him to a peace operation.

The soldier wants to use the experience for a new transition and said he is aware of the difficulties he has to face in an African country. “I know we are having difficulties here – I was born in the perimeter and not raised in a cradle of gold – but I know it is very bad. Going to this kind of operation is to meet people who have nothing to eat. He told me it was normal to see the boys.

“Because those kids basically only have one t-shirt and they wear it until they are about five years old, it fits them in the right size. So I think it’s important to go into this kind of operation because I’m definitely not going to go back to the same guy.

The country is marked by ethnic conflicts

South Sudan is considered the youngest country in the world, recognized only 10 years ago after its separation from Sudan. There have been years of bloody wars. The last one took place in 2013 and caused the deaths of over 380,000 people.

In 2018, a peace agreement was signed in the country, but internal conflicts between ethnicities still worry the UN. South Sudan is currently marked by guerrillas and enormous economic and social vulnerability. Firms with a long history of corruption are weak. The country faces many obstacles to peace and many of the measures provided in the peace agreement have not been implemented.

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