UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR) and Joint Chief Mediator (JCM) Jeremiah Mamabolo, has hailed the recently held Darfur-wide Conference for internally displaced persons (IDP) as an important milestone in the peace process.
The conference, organized by the Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation Implementation Committee (DIC), took place in Nyala, South Darfur, from 16 to 17 December 2018.
El Fasher, 20 December 2018 – The African Union – United Nation Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) today concluded the closure and handover of 10 team sites to the Government of Sudan, with Graida team site in South Darfur being the last to be handed over.
This is in line with the second phase of the Mission’s ongoing reconfiguration, as mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2429 of July 2018.
UNAMID and the Government of Sudan (GoS) on 10 December 2018 officially declared the registered contaminated areas at Kulbus Locality, West Darfur, free of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).
This followed the successful implementation of a project to clear the land of ERW and UXO, in line with UNAMID’s mandate to protect civilians. It is the third project of this nature, with the other two having been conducted in Forobaranga and Krinik localities, also in West Darfur.
Khartoum, 09 December 2018 – The 14th meeting of the Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) was held today in Khartoum, Sudan. The Commission discussed progress made and the challenges faced in the implementation of the DDPD since its last meeting which was held on 11 July 2018, in Doha.
UNAMID on 22 November 2018 handed over a Rural Court in Nertiti, Central Darfur to the Sudanese Judiciary. The project, supported by the Mission’s Rule of Law Section, is the first rural court in western Jebel Marra and is expected to serve an estimated population of 180,000 people.
The construction of the facility is in line with UNAMID’s mandated activities to strengthen rule of law in Darfur, as outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 2429.
On 4 November 2018, UNAMID inaugurated five Community Stabilization Projects (CSP) aimed at promoting rule of law, supporting education and empowering at-risk youth in Mournei Locality, West Darfur.
Funded by UNAMID’s Governance and Community Stabilization Section (GCSS), the projects include a formal court house, prosecution office, police station, youth centre and secondary school for girls, in support of the Mission’s on-going stabilization endeavours.
Rockero, 5 November 2018 – Significant improvements in the security situation in Rockero town, Central Darfur, have paved way for development and created room for the United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to start projects that will benefit the community.
To consolidate the gains of the prevailing peace and stability, UNAMID plans to embark on various projects in the locality. Several assessments have been conducted to establish the community’s priority needs, with the most recent assessment being from 8 to 10 October 2018.
El Geneina, 4 November 2018: UNAMID, in collaboration with UNFPA and the West Darfur Ministry of Health and Social Development, on 29 October conducted a workshop on Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) and Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in El Geneina, West Darfur.
25 October 2018 – Internally Displaced People (IDP) at Aralciro gathering site in Golo, Central Darfur are not sure what the future has in store for them, but amid the uncertainty, they feel secure, thanks to daily patrols conducted by UNAMID peacekeepers.
The peacekeepers conduct daily patrols in Golo, the capital of Central Jebel Marra, in line with the Mission’s strategic priority to protect civilians, as outlined in UNAMID’s current mandate.
United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2429 (2018) has called for the closing of ten Team Sites across Darfur as part of the Mission’s reconfiguration process. The Mission intends to complete this task by the end of December 2018. These Team Sites include Mukjar in Central Darfur; El Sereif, Um Baru and Korma in North Darfur; Masteri and Mournei in West Darfur; Shearia and Labado in East Darfur; Graida and Buram in South Darfur.
From 23 to 24 September 2018, UNAMID organized a free medical clinic for the local community in Dorti Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in West Darfur. The event, part of UNAMID Military Civilian Coordination (CIMIC) activities, was organized by the Mission’s Bangladeshi peacekeepers and was aimed at providing free medical assistance to vulnerable people in the Locality.
El Fasher, 24 September 2018 – A joint team comprising the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) is currently providing emergency assistance to people affected by mudslides in Wadi Tuliba and Tagulei villages, East Jebel Marra, South Darfur.
Following an assessment of the humanitarian situation in the affected area, the team has confirmed that 16 people died as a result of the mudslides in early September.
El Fasher, 20 September 2018 - The African Union - United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), have deployed a joint mission to provide emergency assistance to people affected by mudslides in East Jebel Marra, South Darfur.
Heavy rains in the area last week caused mudslides in Wadi Tuliba and Tagulei villages, resulting in the reported deaths of at least 19 people and the injury of 25 others, while an unspecified number remain unaccounted for and some families have lost their homes, according to official local sources.
UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR), Jeremiah Mamabolo, has concluded a two-day visit to South Darfur, during which he met leaders at the state and local levels and discussed access challenges affecting the Mission’s operations in parts of East Jebel Marra.
During the visit, Mr. Mamabolo and his delegation met the Deputy Wali of South Darfur, Mr. Taha Abdallah Hamid, the Commissioner of Mershing Locality, Dr. Al Sadig Mohamed Khamis and the State Security Committee.
E l Geneina: UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), Ms. Anita Gbeho recently, concluded a two-day visit to Sector West. This is her first working visit to West Darfur since she assumed duty as DJSR in May 2018.
Upon her arrival in El Geneina, Ms. Gbeho paid a courtesy call on the State Wali (Governor), Mr. Hussein Hammad at his office, with whom she exchanged various points of view as part of her efforts to enhance cooperation with local authorities and discuss the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2429 (2018).
On 2 August, UNAMID’s Governance and Community Stabilization Section (GCSS), in partnership with the Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC), concluded a demobilization exercise for 1229 ex-combatants from armed movements who are signatories to Darfur peace agreements including, the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) and the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA). The exercise included some combatants from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Popular Defense Forces (PDF).
From 1 to 2 August, some 43 participants, including 11 men from Government offices, Ajaweed council and civil society organizations as well as members of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 State Committee and Gender Mediation Network, attended a workshop supported by UNAMID’s Gender Advisory Unit (GAU) in El Fasher, North Darfur.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General in the Department of Field Support, Mr. Atul Khare, has concluded a three-day visit to Darfur, during which he met stakeholders and saw key projects in the Jebel Marra area where UNAMID is establishing a temporary operating base (TOB) in Golo, Central Darfur.
The mission was part of a week-long visit to Sudan from 22 to 27 July, during which he met Government officials in both Khartoum and Darfur, to discuss the overall situation in Darfur and the implementation of UNAMID’s new mandate, including the Mission’s draw down.
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.