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UNAMID-rehabilitated cultural centre inaugurated in El Fasher

By United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
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EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, July 18, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- El Fasher public library and cultural centre was officially inaugurated today after being rehabilitated, equipped and furnished by the African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to create a new learning environment in North Darfur.

The renovation of the centre was funded through two Quick Impact Projects and was facilitated by the non-governmental organization El Bagayat. The project included general repairs, new doors and windows, 15 computers, audio equipment, furniture, and more than 20,000 new books. UNICEF has also made a contribution through provision of the children's playground, generator and maintenance of the cultural centre.

The ceremony, attended by local authorities, UNESCO representatives and UNAMID officials, included traditional music performances, a drama representation by the Ashouruq Assalam theatre group and photo and art exhibitions.

The North Darfur Minister of Culture and Information, Ms. Zubaida Suleiman, encouraged the citizens to use the library and said that it will serve not only the readers from El Fasher, but from all communities from North Darfur.

The Deputy Wali (Governor) of North Darfur State, Mr. El Fateh Abdel Aziz, highlighted the promotion of cultural activities as a way to address the root causes of the Darfur crisis and enhance peace.

UNAMID Head of Office for North Darfur, Mr. Hassan Gibril, said that it is a top priority for the Mission to promote education and expanded opportunities for all citizens of Darfur. “With the astounding technological progress that has taken place in recent decades, libraries have become centres for preservation, restoration and retrieval of national and global intellectual, cultural, artistic and historical heritage, as well as spaces for dialogue and exchange of ideas and views on the major issues of our time,” Mr. Gibril added.