Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 July 2011

Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief


 

 

Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief

 

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, July 5, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Media Brief / 2011-07-04

 

 

UNAMID Deputy Chief addresses Sudanese parliament

The UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), Mohamed Yonis, yesterday addressed the Sudanese parliament on the outcome of the Darfur International Conference on Water for Sustainable Peace held in Khartoum on 27-28 June.

 

Mr. Yonis commended the partnership between the Government of Sudan, UN country team, non-government organisations and UNAMID, that was fostered and strengthened throughout preparations for the conference. He briefed the parliament on UNAMID’s role in improving access to water resources, including 43 wells built in Darfur and plans to dig 149 more. In addition, the Mission will be building 4 earth dams which will contribute to recharging aquifers and enhance the access to water for nomadic communities.

 

Also in attendance were the State Minister of Water, Dr. Salaheldien Yousif and UNICEF Country Representative for Sudan Nils Kastberg.

 

A high-level committee, chaired by the State Minister of Water, will ensure that planned projects are carried out. The technical and high-level committees will meet weekly.

 

Disarmament exercise begins in North Darfur

Today marked the launch of a disarmament campaign in El Fasher, North Darfur, where more than 400 ex-combatants are to lay down arms over the coming days. The exercise is a joint effort by UNAMID and the North Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Commission.

 

The former fighters come from the Sudanese Armed Forces and several rebel movements. During the campaign, UNAMID will be providing logistic and medical support. More than 1,100 ex-soldiers took part in a similar initiative in South Darfur in May of 2011. All participants underwent a security screening, medical examination and psychological assessment. They also attended workshops on reintegration into civil society and received occupational training and a reinsertion allowance.

 

UNAMID’s DDR activities aim in particular to advocate against the use of child soldiers in conflicts. In late June, after meeting with UNAMID’s Child Protection component, representatives from the Sudan Liberation Army / Abdul Wahid faction issued a renewed command order prohibiting the use and recruitment of child soldiers. The Sudanese Government also requested the Mission’s assistance in training soldiers on child protection. Since July 2009, more than 1,000 children have been released by different armed movements in Darfur.

 

UNAMID patrols

UNAMID military conducted 104 patrols including routine, short-range, long-range, night and humanitarian escort patrols covering 63 villages and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. UNAMID Police advisors conducted 113 patrols in villages and IDP camps.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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