Internally displaced community from Zam Zam IDP camp participate in cultural event promoting social cohesion
On 26 February 2018, hundreds of internally displaced persons, including community leaders, women and youth groups, as well as students attended a one-day cultural festival held at Zam Zam camp, near El Fasher, North Darfur.
The activity, organized under the theme “Together for Peace,” by UNAMID Communications and Public Information in partnership with the Zam Zam Camp Youth Union, included cultural performances, drama, peace songs and quiz competitions on the Mission’s mandate as well as its ongoing reconfiguration.
Outreach and advocacy materials with peace messages aimed at women and young people, including school bags and sports equipment, were distributed among those gathered for the event.
In an interactive session at the event, displaced women’s representative, Hawa Salih, spoke about the challenges faced by women living in the camp and requested UNAMID’s support in establishing income-generating activities.
Elsadig Hamid from the Zam Zam Youth Union, on his part, highlighted the lack of organized learning activities for young people and asked UNAMID to provide library facilities for the camp’s youth. Mr. Hamid also expressed appreciation for the Mission’s continued efforts in building peace and social amity across Darfur.
Addressing the occasion, UNAMID representative, Mr. Ashraf Eissa highlighted the importance of peaceful coexistence among local communities in Darfur and stated that the immense diversity of cultures in this part of Sudan is not a disadvantage as it constitutes a solid foundation and an enriching factor that augments stability, prosperity and sustainable development in the region. Mr. Eissa also noted the concerns raised by both representatives and assured them of the Mission’s commitment to supporting displaced civilians.