I’m pleased to introduce the November issue of Voices of Darfur, which continues in the new 32- page format, giving the magazine the ability to tell the story of UNAMID and the people of Dar- fur with more in-depth coverage. The current issue, like other recent issues of Voices, contains news, features and interviews not only about unique aspects of life in Darfur but also about UNAMID’s ongoing efforts to facilitate lasting peace in the region.
This issue includes two interviews, first an exclusive with the Chief of Civil Affairs, conducted by Mr. Abdullahi Shuaibu at UNAMID headquarters in El Fasher, North Darfur. Mr. Lameck Kawiche described how the Mission has made progress in building trust among different communities. Ms. Ala Mayyahi conducted the second interview, our cover feature, with Theatre Director Samiha Abdul Muni’em. In the interview, Ms. Muni’em talked with Voices about her past productions and her cur- rent work, and shared her thoughts on the impact of theatre drama on the peace process.
In the viewpoint published in this issue, Ms. Margaret Masenda-Simbi, the Chief Advisor in UN- AMID’s HIV&AIDS Section, offers her thoughts on World AIDS Day 2012, and appeals to readers to get involved in the struggle against the disease. Ms. Masenda-Simbi points out that it does not matter what the magnitude of our personal actions are, but rather that we have made a contribution.
In “Darfur Joint Assessment Mission: The Journey to Development,” Mr. Abdullahi Shuaibu offers an in-depth look at one of the most important mechanisms for moving the peace process steadily forward. As an important aspect of the new peace agreement, the DJAM process identifies reconstruction and development needs for Darfur. The process is expected to form the strategic basis for an international donor conference scheduled to be held in Doha, Qatar, in January 2013.
In “Violence Displaces Those Already Displaced,” Ms. Sharon Lukunka and Ms. Guiomar Pau Solé write about the August 2012 series of attacks in and around the Kassab camp for internally displaced persons. The unrest forced the Darfuris living in the camp to flee from their homes and seek safe haven in the North Darfur town of Kutum.
In “Economic Downturn Dampens Darfur Trade, Pushes Prices Higher,” Ms. Sharon Lukunka writes about how the recent economic downturn in Sudan has taken its toll on businesses in Darfur, resulting in prices that have broadly affected traders and consumers alike. Finally, in “Fuel-Efficient Stoves Protect Women, Environment,” Mr. Emadeldin Rijal writes about how a new kind of locally made stove is making an impact on the risks associated with firewood collection and is helping to preserve the environment in the process.
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Kirk L. Kroeker
Head of Publications