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Discussions with local community leaders and state leadership focus of high-level UNAMID visit to East Darfur

Photo by Hassan Ishag, UNAMID.

UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR), Jeremiah Mamabolo, accompanied by senior UNAMID staff recently concluded a two-day visit to El-Daein, East Darfur, which took place on 5-6 February 2018. While in East Darfur, JSR Mamabolo focused on discussions with local authorities, Native Administration leaders, displaced persons and women’s and youth representatives.


The Acting Wali (Governor) of East Darfur, Hashim Elwagee, briefed the JSR on progress made in the security situation across East Darfur through fruitful collaborations with UNAMID and reiterated his government’s gratitude for the Mission’s steadfast support. Furthermore, Dr. Elwagee called for continued partnerships with the Mission to ensure the successful implementation of the Sudanese government’s stabilization and development agenda.


In his remarks, JSR Mamabolo, while commending the productive relationship between UNAMID and the state government, appealed for redoubling efforts in the interest of the vulnerable and the community as a whole. In this regard, he urged all stakeholders and communities “to collaborate and support the ongoing arms collection campaign, so that peace can be sustained.”


Upon meeting JSR Mamabolo, El Fadil Saeed, Deputy Nazir of the Rezeigat, acknowledged past inter-communal conflicts between the Ma’alia and the Rezeigat and averred that UNAMID’s proactive engagements with both groups and the ongoing arms collection campaign have greatly improved social relationships between the two traditional rivals.


Additionally, Mr. Saeed submitted two proposals—one for the education of children from nomadic communities and the other, advocating for the establishment of a peace museum in El Daein to support conflict-resolution among the diverse local population.


JSR Mamabolo also visited El Neem camp for the displaced to obtain a firsthand update on the condition of the displaced people residing there since the camp’s establishment in 2004.