Photo by Hamid Abdulsalam, UNAMID.
Zalingei: UNAMID’s Communications and Public Information Section (CPIS) handed over solar wind-up radio sets to members of the Union of Visually Impaired People and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Taiba Camp in Zalingei, Central Darfur on 14 and 21 May 2019, respectively. The project is part of the Mission’s ongoing support to vulnerable communities in Darfur and is meant to assist the host communities gain easy access to information on local and global events, in addition to listening to peace messaging derived from various UNAMID activities and its ongoing transition process.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Al Nazeer Al Silaik, the Secretary General of the Union of Visually Impaired People in Central Darfur, highlighted the importance of radio in educating local people in Darfur, particularly the visually impaired people living in the rural areas.
The Sheikh of Sheikhs (Traditional Leaders) at Taiba IDP Camp, Mr. Alhadi Hamid Abdallah, expressed his appreciation to UNAMID’s continued support to IDP Camp community and highlighted the importance of radio in educating the people in the Camp, especially through peace and health related programming. “The distribution of these solar radios will enable recipient families to listen to reconciliation, peace and health awareness programmes”, Mr. Abdallah added.
UNAMID representatives at both handover ceremonies, Lameck Kawiche and Said Msonda, commended the continued cooperation between UNAMID and IDPs community in Taiba camp and the Union of Visually Impaired persons in promoting the culture of tolerance and coexistence in Darfur. They also underscored the user-friendly nature of the solar powered radios that rely on solar power, straight from the sun, with no need for batteries.
Recipients of the solar-powered radios also collectively extended their gratitude to UNAMID for the gesture stating that having these radios is a means of empowering them and providing them with a myriad of sources of information.