On 28 February 2018, thousands of people from Kereinek, a locality in West Darfur, gathered to celebrate the declaration of all registered areas in the locality as free of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and unexploded ordnance (UXO). The project in Kereinek, initiated jointly by UNAMID’s Ordnance Disposal Office (ODO) and the National Mine Action Centre (NMAC), marks the second milestone in community safety and stabilization in the region, following the successful completion of a similar project in Forobaranga in 2017.
On 26 February 2018, hundreds of internally displaced persons, including community leaders, women and youth groups, as well as students attended a one-day cultural festival held at Zam Zam camp, near El Fasher, North Darfur.
The activity, organized under the theme “Together for Peace,” by UNAMID Communications and Public Information in partnership with the Zam Zam Camp Youth Union, included cultural performances, drama, peace songs and quiz competitions on the Mission’s mandate as well as its ongoing reconfiguration.
Some 30 rural court judges from various localities in North Darfur participated in a two-day, UNAMID-supported training on court adjudication procedures held on 19-20 February 2018 in El Fasher.
The workshop was facilitated by the Mission’s Rule of Law section and aimed at disseminating the contents of a hand book for rural court judges developed jointly by UNAMID and the Sudan Judiciary,
(22 February 2018; 10:30 hours; Marawi Hall, UNDP Building, Gama’a Street)
Good morning ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our first meeting in 2018. Before I start the briefing, I’d like to highlight that our press/media colleagues play a significant role in building trust, giving hope and encouraging reconciliation amongst the parties to the ongoing conflict in Darfur.
El Daein, 13 February 2018: 19 women from Al Manara village in East Darfur participated in a two-day, UNAMID-supported training programme on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
The activity aimed at educating participants about different forms of gender-based violence and raising their awareness that violence against women in any form is unacceptable. Furthermore, they were trained in methods that can be used to prevent such acts.
On 8 February 2018, UNAMID’s Bangladeshi peacekeepers teamed up with the Rule of Law section to organise a free medical clinic for the inmates and prison officers at Ardamata Prison, West Darfur. This joint civilian-military exercise served some 214 people who received basic medical examinations—treatment for common ailments as well as malaria screening—and free medication. Furthermore, toys, school supplies and clothes were distributed among children of women prisoners; prison officers at Ardamata received sports kits and medical supplies as well.
El Daein; 11 February 2018: UNAMID Acting Deputy Joint Special Representative (ADJSR), Peter Schumann, recently conducted a two-day visit to El Daein, East Darfur, where he met the Wali (Governor), the Deputy Nazir of the Southern Rezeigat, native administration leaders and representatives of displaced persons as well as women’s groups.
The aim of visit was to discuss the role of UNAMID in the state as a peacekeeping mission mandated to maintain security and protect civilians, within the context of the Mission’s ongoing reconfiguration.
UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR), Jeremiah Mamabolo, accompanied by senior UNAMID staff recently concluded a two-day visit to El-Daein, East Darfur, which took place on 5-6 February 2018. While in East Darfur, JSR Mamabolo focused on discussions with local authorities, Native Administration leaders, displaced persons and women’s and youth representatives.
Elfasher, 29 January 2018 – The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Sudan yesterday regarding the opening of a temporary operating base in Golo, Central Jebel Marra locality, Central Darfur State, as per the Mission’s mandate.
Government of Sudan authorities officially handed over a suitable location, some two-and-a-half kilometers from Golo town, for the temporary base.
On 17 and 18 January 2018, UNAMID’s Community Outreach Unit (COU), in partnership with the Students Activity Directorate at the Ministry of Education, North Darfur, conducted three school visits to Al Fajr Secondary School for Boys, Al Faroug and Al Raheeg Al Makhtoum Basic School for Boys and Girls, respectively.
EL FASHER – The demobilization of some 500 ex-combatants -- part of ongoing efforts supported by UNAMID and partners to reintegrate former combatants into the community -- concluded on 10 January in El Fasher.
The fifth demobilization exercise, which started on 26 December 2017, was supported by the Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC), in partnership with UNAMID’s Governance and Community Stabilization Section (GCSS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
EL FASHER – Some 50 displaced women participated in a UNAMID-supported economic empowerment and peace event in El Fasher, North Darfur recently.
Run as part of the ‘Darfur Women Talking Peace’ campaign, the 19 December event took place at the Abu Shouk IDP camp.
On 5 December 2017, hundreds of students, teachers, community leaders as well as government officials, UNDP representatives and UNAMID staff jointly commemorated the International Volunteer Day and World Soil Day.
The event, collaboratively organized by UNAMID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was held at Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons in El Fasher, North Darfur.
By Emeka Nwadike
In support of the disabled community, specially the victims of explosive remnants of war (ERW) accidents, UNAMID’s Ordnance Disposal Office (ODO) constructed and equipped five vocational centers across all Darfur states.
The project, which began in October 2015, is aimed at developing the capacities of persons with disabilities and providing them with income-generating activities.
El Fasher, 28 November 2017 - On 26 November 2017, UNAMID received information that one of its civilian staff has been arrested and charged with sexual offences involving a minor.
On 23 November 2017, UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR), Jeremiah Mamabolo, visited Nyala, South Darfur, where he met the Wali of South Darfur, Adam El Faki. Following their meeting, JSR Mamabolo and Wali El Faki jointly announced their agreement to form a tripartite weapons collection committee for South Darfur state. To be comprised of representatives from the Government of Sudan, UNAMID and internally displaced persons’ leaders, the initiative hopes to ensure a peaceful arms collection across the state
GENEVA (21 November 2017) – A report by the UN Human Rights Office and the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has called on the Sudanese Government to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people internally displaced by the long-running conflict in Darfur to return home voluntarily or to reintegrate into host communities.
On 14 November 2017, UNAMID, in partnership with the Government of Sudan (GoS) police, trained some 32 Community Policing Volunteers (CPVs) and Sudanese police officers on community policing and gender mainstreaming in El Geneina, West Darfur.
UNAMID has rehabilitated a police station and four hand-operated water pumps in Beliel locality, South Darfur as part of the Mission’s Quick Impact Projects (QIPs).
At a handover ceremony last week (9 November) to the Marla Administrative Unit (local council), Berhanemeskel Nega, Head of UNAMID’s Sector South Office, said that seeing the projects completed was a very positive occasion.
The QIPs also involved the training of 20 members the local technical committee on the repair and maintenance of the pumps.
EL FASHER -- On 2 November 2017, armed government forces entered Kalma IDP camp, South Darfur, in a show of force to conduct a weapons collection campaign in the state.
UNAMID peacekeepers on the ground during the incident reported that more than 100 government military vehicles, including trucks with mounted weapons and armoured personnel carriers, briefly entered parts of the camp.