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UNAMID Joint Special Representative engages with East Darfur community

Photo by Abdulrasheed Yakubu, UNAMID

EL DAEIN - UNAMID Joint Special Representative, Kingsley Mamabolo, met the Governor, tribal leaders, and community representatives during a two-day visit to El Daein, East Darfur this week.

Local issues were canvassed during a meeting with the Wali (Governor), Annas Mohammed and members of the Native Administration, led by the Nazir of Rezigat, Mahmoud Madibo. The discussion included the latest developments in the state, and ongoing cooperation between the Mission and local authorities.

Mr. Mamabolo told tribal leaders that the Native Administration plays a pivotal role in restoring peace and stability in East Darfur. He expressed his readiness, within the Mission’s mandate, to assist and support peace-related projects.

In addition, the Joint Special Representative praised efforts made by the state government in sharing its resources with refugees at Kario camp. 

Mr. Mohammed commended UNAMID for its continued efforts to support local communities, especially in the areas of education, water and health.

Meanwhile, Mr. Madibo thanked the Mission for supporting East Darfur communities, underscoring the exemplary cooperation between local authorities and the Mission.

Also during the 7-8 May visit, Mr. Mamabolo met with women and youth groups, and, at Kario camp, representatives of South Sudanese refugees.

During a meeting involving youth and the State Committee on Security Council Resolution 1325 – on women, peace and security -- Mustafa Bakhit, a youth spokesperson, expressed appreciation for the efforts made by UNAMID in supporting tribal reconciliations, social peace and peaceful coexistence in East Darfur.

Mr. Bakhit said that UNAMID-supported training and workshops contributed to evolving good relations and strengthened ties between people in the community.

Youth will continue to cultivate a culture of peace and promote peaceful coexistence among local communities in the area, said Mr. Bakhit.

Samiya Musa, Chairperson of the Committee, said that women are the most vulnerable segment of society and, as such, require special attention and support in terms of income generation activities.