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English  |  العربية 23:30:30, Friday, 12 Feb 2016
 
 Photo of the Day
The number of newly displaced persons (IDPs) camped outside UNAMID Team Site in Sortoni, North Darfur, has been increasing steadily since the intensification of the fighting between government forces and armed movements, in Jebel Marra area. On February 10, the number of IDPs near Sortoni Team Site exceeded 23,000, mostly women and children. In the picture, a large group of IDPs, newly arrived in Sortoni, gathered to meet UNAMID’s Deputy JSR, Bintou Keita, on a recent visit to the area. Photo by Zurab Elzarov, UNAMID.
 Press Releases
UNAMID protects and assists growing number of displaced in North and Central Darfur
The number of civilians seeking refuge in the vicinity of UNAMID’s Sortoni team site, North Darfur, has increased to 14,770, including 1,493 men, 4,097 women and 9,180 children. These figures represent more than 52 per cent increase in just 24 hours which has, reportedly, been caused by intensified aerial bombings carried out during the afternoon of 25 January 2016.
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UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, updates the Security Council on Darfur
25 January 2016 – Against the backdrop of renewed military confrontation, the political process to resolve the conflict in Darfur through dialogue remains fragmented with limited progress, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today informed the UN Security Council.
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 News features
International Volunteer Day Clean-Up Campaign at Abu Shouk Camp

 
By Stuart Moran

On 12 December 2015, youth volunteers carried out a clean-up campaign at Abu Shouk Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in El Fasher, North Darfur. The clean-up activities started early in the morning as participants from UNAMID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in El Fasher joined hundreds of local youth volunteers from the Abu Shouk Youth Union and local nongovernmental organizations.

This community outreach activity was organized by UN Volunteers in partnership with UNAMID, UNDP, and the Abu Shouk Youth Union as part of Darfur environmental awareness activities associated with International Volunteer Day.  
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World Environment Day: UNAMID Focused On Protecting the Environment in Darfur
While environmental factors are rarely considered to be the sole cause of conflict, competition over natural resources can, often, become a significant driver of serious clashes. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in the past 60 years, at least 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts have a link to natural resources, and that this link doubles the risk of a conflict escalation.
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 Daily Activities
UNAMID Civil Affairs Organizes Workshop on Peace in Timan Village, Sector South

On 2 February 2016, UNAMID Civil Affairs Section, Sector south, organized a one-day workshop on peace and conflict management for farmers and nomads in the voluntary-return area of Timan village, about 40 kilometers north of Nyala. 

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UNAMID Organizes Capacity-building Workshop for Women in North Darfur

On 25 January 2016, UNAMID Communications and Public Information Section (CPIS), in partnership with the Centre for Women Development and Peacebuilding, Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) and the Ministry of Social Affairs, North Darfur, organized a four-day workshop under the theme: Darfur Women, Talk Peace. More than a hundred women from Tawila, Darelsalam, Kalmindo, Malit and El Fasher rural area, participated in the workshop which included training on income generating projects.  

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UNAMID Organizes Community Dialogue in Maaly Village, East Darfur

On 31 January 2016, as part of the Mission’s support to the mediation in community conflicts, UNAMID Civil Affairs Section, Sector East, organized an open dialogue forum for more than 40 participants comprising women, farmers, herders, sheikhs and native administration leaders in Maaly village, located within Assalaya locality. 

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