El Fasher, 28 December 2017—On behalf of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), I wish the people and the Government of Sudan a peaceful and joyous new year. Furthermore, I would like to congratulate them on the Independence Day of Sudan which would be commemorated on 1 January.
2017 has been a year of change for the people of Darfur and for UNAMID staff. As the mission goes through a comprehensive reconfiguration process, we are forming greater synergies with the government of Sudan and UN Country Team partners to continue to fulfil the protection needs of and provide humanitarian aid to the displaced.
As we look ahead to the New Year, I want to assure you that UNAMID shall carry on with its mandate assiduously and remain committed to the cause of peace, stability and security in Darfur.
May the spirit of peace prevail upon us all, here and around the world, as we work together towards a prosperous future for the people of Darfur and, indeed, all of Sudan?
My best wishes for the year 2018.
******Jeremiah MamaboloUNAMID Joint Special Representative / Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur