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UNAMID conducts free medical clinic in IDP Camp in West Darfur

Photo by Umalhassan Khamis, UNAMID.

From 23 to 24 September 2018, UNAMID organized a free medical clinic for the local community in Dorti Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in West Darfur. The event, part of UNAMID Military Civilian Coordination (CIMIC) activities, was organized by the Mission’s Bangladeshi peacekeepers and was aimed at providing free medical assistance to vulnerable people in the Locality.

Almost one thousand people, mostly internally displaced persons, benefited from the exercise in which Bangladeshi peacekeepers provided free medical assistance and distributed sport items to youth and children in the area. The Peacekeepers also used the occasion to plant trees at the Dorti school, before participating in a football match between two teams from Dorti and savoring some local cultural performances.

Addressing all gathered at the event, Ms. Takako Ugaya, UNAMID representative, emphasized that humanitarian interventions taken by UNAMID, such as the free medical clinic, go a long way in addressing some health challenges faced by the local community in the area.  “It is our sincere hope that these tentative measures will contribute to the alleviation of suffering and strengthening of peace and stability among the people in Dorti, “Ms. Ugaya stated.

Brigadier General. Yasir Hammad, 15 Division Deputy Commander, Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) 15 Division Commander, commended UNAMID Bangladeshi peacekeepers for their proactive role in providing the much-needed medical assistance to the local community. “We appreciate UNAMID’s great efforts in providing support to the health and education needs in our area. The local community will forever remember this support,” General Ahmed added.

Bangladeshi Contingent Commander, Lieutenant Col. Mohamed Bashir noted that the conduct of the free medical clinic is a continuation of similar endeavors that have been undertaken by his Contingent in West Darfur to assist the vulnerable communities.