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UNAMID Deputy Chief launches development projects in North Darfur village

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2 February 2012 - UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative – Political (DJSR-P), Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane, announced today in Kuma Garadayat, North Darfur, the launch of nine development projects - commonly known as Quick Impact Projects - in the areas of education, sanitation, health, community development and women empowerment.

"UNAMID is committed to helping communities like Kuma Garadayat rebuild and restart your lives," said the DJSR-P addressing the local leaders. She added that the projects, which will be constructed by UNAMID Peacekeepers from Senegal, will benefit the whole community and make a real difference in their daily lives.

Kuma Garadayat, a constellation of eleven villages with a population of over four-thousand people who returned to the village in 2009 after being displaced by the conflict, has already received humanitarian assistance from UN agencies, facilitated by UNAMID. The Mission also distributed, in April 2011, 375 high-capacity rolling water containers, which facilitate the transportation of water.

Ms. Souleymane remarked that "the past several years have been hard on your community, especially women and children. You have struggled through conflict and displacement. The truce signed in 2009 presented you with a chance to return to your homes and rebuild. Your community has made significant efforts to maintain peace in your area since then." She added that "UNAMID will continue to support you in your efforts to advance peace and prosperity in your communities."