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.
EL FASHER – More than 3,000 people attended a UNAMID-supported UN Day cultural and information event at Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons in El Fasher, North Darfur on 24 October.
Participants -- including Omda’s (traditional chiefs), students, teachers and other community members – came together under the theme ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All’.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,
1.- It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this briefing. First, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Republic of the Sudan, on behalf of UNAMID and the Joint Special Representative, on the lifting of US sanctions after almost two decades. I assure you of the Mission’s continued support to our host government and hope this decision avails a window of opportunity leading to development and sustainable peace in Darfur and across Sudan.
Ladies and gentlemen,
On 15 October 2017, UNAMID officially handed over its team site in Tulus, South Darfur, to the Government of Sudan.
On 12 October 2017, UNAMID Human Rights Section, in collaboration with the Office of the General Prosecutor for Darfur Crimes, concluded a two-day workshop on the role of transitional and criminal justice in achieving peace. The workshop was held in El Fasher, North Darfur. Some 30 participants, including prosecutors, judges, police, lawyers, civil society organizations and representatives of transitional justice mechanisms attended the event.
Zalingei, 8 October 2017 — UNAMID welcomes the US Administration’s decision to lift most economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. The decision, which ends more than two decades of economic sanctions, is hoped to contribute significantly to the betterment of the lives of the Sudanese people; including the population we serve in the Darfur region.
UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur (JSR/JCM) Jeremiah Kingsley Mamabolo welcomed the American decision saying:
El Fasher, 22 September 2017- UNAMID is deeply concerned about clashes between government forces and internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing at Kalma camp, South Darfur, which have led to the death of at least three IDPs and injuries to some 26 others.
The Mission urges all conflicting parties to exercise utmost restraint and is doing everything it can to deescalate the situation.
The African Union/United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) focuses on the protection of civilians—especially vulnerable groups such as internally displaced persons who remain unable to return to their traditional homes due to conflict. The Mission and its UN Volunteers respond to the changing peacekeeping environment by placing increased focus on stabilization activities that preserve gains achieved. This is a complex mandate that adapts to evolving circumstances in hope of making a sustainable transition towards peace in Darfur.
UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR), Jeremiah Mamabolo, recently concluded his first official visit to South Darfur which took place on 7-8 September.
El Fasher, 11 September 2017 — UNAMID is concerned about recent allegations of improper handover of team sites in North Darfur as part of its mandated reconfiguration.
The Mission would like to reiterate that as per the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2363, of 29 June, 2017, extending UNAMID’s mandate until 30 June 2018, its strategic priorities in Darfur remain the same—protecting civilians, facilitating access and security for humanitarian actors and working to ameliorate the root causes of communal conflict.
UNAMID’s Community Outreach Unit (COU) organized a day-long commemoration of International Youth Day on 12 August 2017, under the global theme, ‘Youth Building Peace.’ More than 3,000 young people from El Fasher and nearby localities in North Darfur took part in a marathon, a bicycle race, an exhibition and a carnival, which were followed by drama performances and traditional dances. The programme ended with a concert featuring renowned Sudanese musician Hani Abdeen, accompanied by local talent, Hassan Aish.
EL FASHER - The importance of child rights and child protection in armed conflict was the focus of UNAMID training for members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) held on 01 August 2017, in El Fasher, North Darfur.
EL FASHER - The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has concluded a five-day visit to Sudan, during which time he met with Government officials, local authorities, community representatives and UNAMID peacekeepers.
High on the agenda was the recent UN Security Council Resolution 2363 and the current reconfiguration of UNAMID.