Photo by Elsadig Daud, UNAMID.
On 4 November 2018, UNAMID inaugurated five Community Stabilization Projects (CSP) aimed at promoting rule of law, supporting education and empowering at-risk youth in Mournei Locality, West Darfur.
Funded by UNAMID’s Governance and Community Stabilization Section (GCSS), the projects include a formal court house, prosecution office, police station, youth centre and secondary school for girls, in support of the Mission’s on-going stabilization endeavours.
Speaking at the inauguration, UNAMID Sector West Head of Office, Oumar Kane, emphasized that the projects were designed to create an enabling environment for rule of law and contribute to capacity building of the community, while advancing the peace process.
“These projects will contribute immensely to the protection of civilians, while ensuring greater access to education, as well as security and stability in the area,” he said, adding that over the last few years, the Mission had supported projects that enhance the capacity of various state institutions to fulfil their mandate.
Hussein Yassin Hammad, the Wali (Governor) of West Darfur, commended efforts by UNAMID, in collaboration with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (DDRC), in implementing projects that provide services to different sections of the community, while building the capacity of the community and improving both rule of law and education.
“All these projects are a plus in this locality, in addition to the existing development projects. Focusing on justice institutions will ensure the prevalence of rule of law, while enabling these institutions to fully take over their role,” he said.
The Humanitarian Aid Commissioner for Mournei, Omer Abdulkarim, commended UNAMID and partners for being responsive to the locality’s needs, as the projects were initiated following a request from the community, who recognised the necessity of the facilities.
This view was supported by Zainab Ahmed Haroun, Secretary of the Women’s Association in Mournei, who said the school construction was necessary to cater for its estimated 700 students, while the prosecution office and police station were vital for addressing women’s security concerns.
Faisal Ismael, from the National Federation of Sudanese Youth, expressed appreciation for the youth centre, which would be effective for training programmes and improving social cohesion among young people in Mournei.
According to Mr. Abdulkarim, Mournei Locality has a population of about 160,000 people, more than 30,000 of whom are students.