SUDAN WATCH: Security situation in Darfur, 19 Jan 2010 - UNAMID project adds classrooms in West Darfur

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Security situation in Darfur, 19 Jan 2010 - UNAMID project adds classrooms in West Darfur

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief
EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, January 20, 2010/via APO
UNAMID Daily Media Brief / 2010-01-19
Security situation in Darfur

The security situation in Darfur remains relatively calm but unpredictable.

UNAMID military forces conducted 80 patrols including routine, short range, long range, night, and Humanitarian escort patrols, covering 83 villages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps during the reporting period.

UNAMID police advisors also conducted 94 patrols in villages and IDP camps.

UNAMID JSR a.i. visits peacekeepers, expresses appreciation

Today UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR) a.i., Henry K. Anyidoho, visited the villages of Saraf Umra and Shanghil Tobaya where he met with Rwandan contingent peacekeepers and UN Police.

The JSR a.i. expressed his appreciation to all the peacekeepers on the manner in which they have continued to discharge their duties despite the attack on their colleagues in December 2009. He also took note of the surge of new IDPs to Shanghil Tobaya in particular as a result of recent inter-tribal fighting in South Darfur.

Mr. Anyidoho assured the peacekeepers of the support from UNAMID headquarters in improving conditions at the team-site. On the IDPs situation, he indicated that their needs will be conveyed to the humanitarian community.

UNAMID project adds classrooms in West Darfur

Yesterday saw the completion of construction on a UNAMID Quick Impact Project (QIP) to build two classrooms and an office at Abubaker Alsidig Elementary School in El Geneina, West Darfur. The project was funded by the Mission’s Civil Affairs section and was implemented by the school’s Educational Council.

The new classrooms were built to ease overcrowding in the school, which has only six classrooms and nearly 600 students.

UNAMID’s QIPs in West Darfur regularly fund projects that improve the region’s health, education and community development. These QIPs also assist with the return of IDPs to their villages and support community reconciliation initiatives.

SOURCE: United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
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