On 11 July 2018, the Government of the State of Qatar hosted the 13th meeting of the Implementation Follow up Commission (IFC) of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Doha, Qatar. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mutlaq Majed Alqahtani, Special Envoy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Counterterrorism, Mediation and Conflict resolution of the State of Qatar. It was attended by members of the IFC including the Government of Sudan represented by Dr. Amin Hassan Omar and Dr.
El Fasher, 21 June 2018 - The African Union - United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is deeply concerned with the current fighting between the Government of Sudan forces and Sudan Liberation Army elements of Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW) in eastern Jebel Marra, South Darfur.
Intensified fighting this month, characterized by the burning of villages in eastern Jebel Marra has had grave humanitarian consequences, with hundreds of civilians being newly displaced.
On 29 May 2018, UNAMID commemorated the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers under the theme “UN Peacekeeping: 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice.”
El Fasher, 24 May 2018 – The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) expresses deep concern about recent attacks on three different internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Central Darfur state, which took place between 21 and 23 May 2018, resulting in a number of civilian fatalities and injuries among IDPs.
Recent incidents were reported at Khamsa Dagaig, Ardayba and Jedda IDP camps.
UNAMID Gender Advisory Unit (GAU), in collaboration with the South Darfur State Ministry for Social Affairs (MoSA) recently concluded a two-day workshop to establish Women’s Protection Networks for internally displaced persons (IDP) in the state.
About 60 women, comprising 51 from IDP camps and nine from Nyala town, participated in the event aimed at establishing a platform for women to familiarize with the procedures to seek physical, legal, health and psychosocial support in the event of violations at the IDP camps.
El Fasher, 20 May 2018 - The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Joint Special Representative (JSR) Jeremiah Mamabolo has concluded a two day visit to oversee progress on the establishment of the Mission’s temporary operating base in Golo, Jebel Marra.
On 23 April 2018, UNAMID handed over a police post at Al Riyadh camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in El Geneina, West Darfur, to Government of Sudan police forces. The project is part of the Mission’s efforts to strengthen rule of law and enhance security in the area. The police post is expected to help to boost the Sudanese police capacity to prevent and respond to incidents within the location.
UNAMID Rule of Law recently organized training workshops for rural court judges in four Darfur states-- El Fasher, North Darfur; El Daein, East Darfur; Zalingei, Central Darfur; and El Geneina, West Darfur. Some 120 judges received training on Sudanese laws, legal procedures and techniques for conducting successful mediation of disputes. They were also given a copy of the Legal Hand book in Arabic published by UNAMID Rule of Law, in collaboration with Sudan judiciary.
On 10 April 2018, the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, concluded a joint visit to Sudan, which aimed at strengthening the important partnership between the UN and the AU, as emphasized by both UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.
On 3 April 2018, senior Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) officers attended a UNAMID-supported training on protection of children in armed conflict and promoting local ownership of child protection.
The one-day workshop, held in Nyala, South Darfur, was organized by the Mission’s Child Protection Unit (CPU) and is part of ongoing efforts to sensitize parties to the conflict on issues pertinent to child rights and child protection. The objective is to minimize grave violations against children including preventing and ending the recruitment of children into armed activity.
On 04 April 2018, Raising Awareness among communities in Darfur on the risk of the Explosive remnants of War (ERW) was the focus of the commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action held in El Fasher, North Darfur under the theme “ Needs Driven, People Centered”.
On 26 and 27 March 2018, some 100 women from Darfur’s five states, representing the state government, parliamentarians, localities, civil society organizations and internally displaced persons (IDPs) gathered in El Fasher, North Darfur, to attend the Global Open Day on the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security.
On 17 March 2018, more than 2500 families were affected by a fire that ravaged parts of El Neem C for internally displaced persons, in East Darfur.
A UNAMD Team, led by Mr. Innih Akpan, Officer in Charge, East Darfur office, visited the Camp to identify the damage and losses caused by the fire.
Some 800 former combatants will soon be reintegrated into civilian life following the conclusion of a two-week demobilization exercise in Nyala, South Darfur, which began on 26 February 2018.
The exercise was jointly organized by the Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC); UNAMID’s Governance & Community Stabilization Section (GCSS), World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
It was the first week of summer classes in Ribat secondary school, El-Fasher, North Darfur. Annas Adam Ahmed, 11 years old was out playing with his friends when he spotted a shiny object. Gleefully, he picked up the object and invited his friends to join in discovering their new found “toy”. Unknown to them, the shiny object was an unexploded ordnance (a hand grenade), a sad legacy of the over 13 years of armed conflict in Darfur.
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.