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UNAMID hosts football tournament for peace in Sewilinga, North Darfur

Photo by Amin Ismail, UNAMID.

On 15 October 2018, hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds attended the final football match in a tournament for peace, organized by UNAMID’s Communications and Public Information Section (CPIS) in collaboration with National Federation of Sudanese Youth Union, in Sewilinga village, near El Fasher, North Darfur.

The event, held as part of the Mission’s “Together for Peace” campaign, included cultural performances by Al Keneen group and traditional songs by Darfuri musician Adam Nubagai. The winning team received football kits, trophies and medals. Additionally, the local community in the area received water rollers.

Addressing guests at the occasion, UNAMID representative and acting CPIS Chief,  Ms. Musi Khumalo, highlighted the Mission’s efforts to support the peace process in Darfur, including through organizing outreach activities across the region. She emphasized the important role of sports in promoting peace.

Ms. Khumalo urged the community in Sewilinga, particularly the youth, to disseminate the message of peace in the area.

On his part, Mr. Ahmed Idriss, the representative of El Fasher Commissioner, commended UNAMID for supporting youth activities in Darfur. He said Government would focus on capacity building programmes for youths so they can participate more actively in the region’s development.

“We request UNAMID support for these capacity building programmes targeting the youth,” he added.

Faisal Azz Al Arab, the Chairperson of the National Federation of Sudanese Youth in North Darfur stated that through the partnership with UNAMID, young people were able to implement various activities aimed at achieving social peace in the state. He called for the provision of safe spaces for youth in the area.

Abass Ahmed, the 27-year-old captain of one of the participating teams, appealed for support through the provision of basic sports equipment such as vests, footballs, shoes and goal nets.   

Ms. Nawal Abakar, a women’s representative in Sewilinga village, urged the youth to sensitize their families and communities on the importance of peace. She also called on the non-signatory movements to join the peace process in Darfur.

The event was attended by community leaders, women and youth groups as well as government officials and UNAMID staff.