(UNMISS) – A room full of friendly-looking and lively police officers is not something one comes across quite often. But this unusual scenario is playing out for a whole week in Juba, where police officers from ten bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are meeting for an important training exercise. “I’m learning how to handle children,” says Aja Ndey Begay Mbye, a UN Police Advisor from The Gambia, “how to interview children, how to go along with children, and to show the children that I am a mother.” Perhaps that explains their friendliness: they are the officers whose primary responsibility within the UN Mission is protection of children.