Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief

By United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, December 12, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- UNAMID Media Brief / 11 December 2011

UN Country Team, UNAMID meet in El Fasher

The United Nations Country Team and UNAMID officials met today in El Fasher, North Darfur, to discuss future collaboration between both, particularly in early recovery activities for Darfur.

UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR) Ibrahim Gambari highlighted that “a stronger partnership is essential in implementing our mandates.”

“The people of Darfur want services and don't care if it is UNAMID or the UN agencies who is providing them. Only with a solid partnership we can achieve more. We have to strengthen our impact and explore ways to advance. The needs of the people in Darfur cannot wait,” the JSR said.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator ad interim in Sudan, Peter De Klerk, wished “to see a reinforcement of the cooperation and a better understanding in areas like protection of civilian and voluntary returns. We look for sustainable solutions.”

UNAMID distributes radios to Nyala's vulnerable

UNAMID, in collaboration with the South Darfur State Advisory for Child and Women Affairs, distributed yesterday self powered radios to vulnerable people of the local community in Nyala.

The handover of the sets to widows and girls took place in the Office of the State Advisor for Women and Children, Fatima Tahir Kenjoum, who thanked UNAMID and described it as an added value to the efforts towards empowering women in South Darfur. The distribution of the radios came as part of the Mission's community outreach programmes which target needy communities in Darfur.

One of the beneficiaries, Sarah Ahmed, said the radio will help her connect with the world while carrying out her house duties without having to leave home. “I don't have to buy batteries, only what I need is the sun and it is available everywhere for free,” she added.

The UNAMID-donated radios will be distributed to beneficiaries in Nyala and other localities in South Darfur. Self powered by rewinding or solar energy, the sets can run for several hours when fully charged and operate on AM, FM and SW frequencies.

UNAMID patrols

UNAMID military conducted 132 patrols including routine, short-range, long-range, night and humanitarian escort patrols covering 78 villages and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. UNAMID Police advisors conducted 90 patrols in villages and IDP camps.