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English  |  العربية 23:58:08, Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015
 
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On 20 April 2015, the Commissioner of Kuma locality, North Darfur, Mohammed Ahmed Juzu (left), during a monitoring visit by UNAMID’s Civil Affairs Section to check the rehabilitation of rihoods, natural catchments where rain water is stored for use during the dry season, in the area. The project is funded by the Government of Japan. Photo by Mohamad Almahady, UNAMID.
 Press Releases
Working group resumes talks on UNAMID’s exit strategy
Khartoum, 20 April 2015 - The Joint Working Group comprising Government of Sudan, African Union and United Nations senior officials met in Khartoum from 16 to 19 April to continue its work on a UNAMID’s exit strategy.
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Working group for UNAMID’s exit strategy convenes
17 March 2015 – A joint working group composed of 16 Sudanese Government officials, 13 United Nations/UNAMID officials and 8 African Union officials met today to start preparations for drawing out a common strategy for UNAMID's eventual exit from Darfur. The meeting, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Khartoum, was inaugurated by Acting Undersecretary for Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sana Hamad, AU Ambassador in Sudan Mahmoud Kane and General Adrian Foster, Deputy Military Adviser at UN Headquarters, who heads the UN team in the Joint Working Group.
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 News features
International Day for Mine Awareness: UNAMID Helps Maintain a Safe Environment
Mr. Mohammad Hassan Mohammad is among several deminers working in Darfur as an international contractor with The Development Initiative (TDI), an organization that provides commercial explosive remnants of war (ERW) clearance and remote logistics solutions in inaccessible and often hostile locations. In Darfur, TDI collaborates closely with UNAMID’s Ordnance Disposal Office to ensure a safe environment for the local populations by clearing ERW in the region.
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World Water Day: UNAMID Rehabilitates Natural Water Sources
Water, perhaps one of the most precious resources in Darfur, is one of the key non-political drivers of the ongoing conflict across the region. Since agriculture forms the mainstay of the economy here, reduced rainfall in this region of Sudan has led to insufficient sources of water and heightened clashes between local communities, especially farmers and pastoralists, resulting in loss of life, property and, in some cases, large population displacements.
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 Daily Activities
UNAMID Civil Affairs Conducts Monitoring Visit to Rihood Projects in North Darfur
On 20 April 2015, UNAMID’s Civil Affairs Section- Sector North conducted a technical and monitoring visit to three completed rihood projects in Kuma locality. Rihoods are natural water catchments used to store rainwater for use by nomadic communities during the dry season in Darfur when they face severe water shortages.
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UNAMID Concludes Vocational Training Initiative in Mellit
As part of its efforts to build capacity among Darfuri youth, UNAMID’s Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Section, on 14 April 2015, concluded a three-month vocational training initiative in Mellit, North Darfur.
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UNAMID Visits Voluntary Returnees in South Darfur
On 8 April 2015, as part of a series of visits to assess the situation of voluntary returnees in South Darfur, UNAMID’s Head of Office, Sector South, Imtiaz Hussain, accompanied by a joint team of engineers from the Nyala Water Corporation and Al-Salam Locality Water Corporation, visited Donki Dereisa village, located some 60 kilometres southwest of Nyala town.
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