On 25 and 26 January 2016, UNAMID's Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), Bintou Keita, visited South Darfur state where she met with the Governor (Wali) of the state, Engineer Adam Al-Faki, and discussed issues of mutual interest such as implementation of the Mission's mandate in the state and explored ways to enhance existing cooperation between UNAMID and south Darfur.
DJSR Keita stressed, among other pertinent issues, the need for unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas of UNAMID's operations.
She further briefed on the outcome of her meetings with senior Federal Government officials in Khartoum, including the Humanitarian Aid Commissioner who assured her of continued support to the implementation of the Mission's mandate. She highlighted the need to alleviate the protracted suffering of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and urged for provision of safety and security to encourage voluntary return of IDPs to their places of origin.
In his response, the Wali, Engineer Al-Faki, welcomed the new DJSR and commended the good relations his office enjoys with UNAMID staff in the state. He stated that this relationship is strengthened through regular meetings during which the two parties share information to prevent any potential obstructions that can impede progress made in achieving common objectives for the good of the people of south Darfur.
He also informed about the joint strategic planning workshop convened some time back which incorporated development projects ideas proposed by different sectors of society in accordance with their mandates. He emphasized that IDPs participated in that workshop and submitted own solutions based on three areas: voluntary return to places of origin, reintegration into the local communities and resettlement in alternative locations, after basic services have been provided.
Additionally, DJSR Keita met with the HAC Commissioner in the state, Mr. Jamal Yusuf, who briefed her not only on the support provided by his office to UNAMID but also on the situation of the IDPs across the state.
DJSR Keita also interacted with IDPs from the Otash and Kalma Camps where she paid attention to their concerns which mainly focused on food insecurity in the state and the impact the ongoing conflict is having on their daily lives.