The current global El Niño event is considered one of the strongest on record. In Sudan, El Niño has significantly impacted the 2015 rainy season with delayed rains, below-average rainfall and intermittent dry spells. This has caused reduced cultivation areas, delayed planting, poor pastures and limited water availability for both people and their livestock. These impacts are threatening essential agricultural and livestock production across Sudan.
I’m pleased to introduce the November 2013 issue of Voices of Darfur, which, like other recent issues of Voices, contains news, features and interviews not only about unique aspects of life in Darfur but also about UNAMID’s ongoing efforts to facilitate lasting peace in the region.
In a new era in its history, Sudan faces an unprecedented opportunity to make and build peace—to create lasting ways to live together and mediate differences. Crafting new pathways for human freedom, relationships between its people and supporting public dialogue where Sudanese can voice their concerns in society and economy come into sight. As the first Sudan Human Development Report shows, peace is much more than just the absence of conflict.
USAID Responds to Crisis in Abyei and Southern Kordofan
USAID is responding to humanitarian needs in Sudan, including assisting tens of thousands of Sudanese affected by recent fighting in the Abyei Area and Southern Kordofan State.
The humanitarian community estimates that the Abyei Area clashes displaced nearly 111,000 people. In Southern Kordofan, unconfirmed estimates put the number of displaced at approximately 73,000.
In this Issue
4| Protecting civilians: UNAMID’s top priority
5| UNAMID Indonesian Police Unit gains people’s trust
6| Nyala’s youth debate future
6| Keeping Darfur heritage alive
8| Making bricks, a community affair
10| The re-awakening of a village
11| High-tech blocks make quick impact
12| Having their say
12| Profiling Darfur’s women leaders
14| The Police Commissioner’s road trip