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English  |  العربية 14:50:08, Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015
 
 Photo of the Day
On 23 April 2015, UNAMID’s Water and Environmental Protection Section facilitates the drilling of a new well in the Taiba area, Zalingei, Central Darfur. The well will benefit the local community as well as the Mission’s personnel. Photo by Mohammed Idriss, UNAMID.
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Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Darfur
27 April 2015 -The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the recent increase in attacks on peacekeepers serving in the African Union United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the limited cooperation provided by the Government of Sudan in addressing these incidents.  The Secretary-General condemns the two successive attacks by unidentified armed groups that occurred in Kass, South Darfur, on 23 and 24 April. Six peacekeepers were wounded and four attackers killed when UNAMID troops returned fire in self-defence. The Secretary-General wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
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UNAMID reiterates its peacekeepers responded proportionally to attacks in Kass
25 April 2015 – The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reiterates that its peacekeepers responded to two attacks against them by armed men in Kass, South Darfur, on 23 and 24 April 2015, denying recent media misreporting on the incident.
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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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