On 2 February 2016, UNAMID Civil Affairs Section, Sector south, organized a one-day workshop on peace and conflict management for farmers and nomads in the voluntary-return area of Timan village, about 40 kilometers north of Nyala.
Over 200 people attended the workshop, including traditional leaders, community elders, women and youth, where they discussed, among other issues, the best ways to resolve conflicts, how disputes escalate and how to identify the positive and negative aspects of conflict.
In his speech at the workshop, Mr. Paul Ebikwo, Team Leader, UNAMID Civil Affairs Section, encouraged the participants to move forward collectively to overcome negative impacts of disputes. "When conflict erupts, what counts is how we respond to it. I would like you to see this workshop as an opportunity to find ways to resolve these conflicts in a sustainable way," Mr. Ebikwo said.
Speaking on behalf of Timan community, Omda Abdul Mahmoud Alrabia, expressed his appreciation to UNAMID's efforts in laying the foundation for peace and reconciliation in Darfur. "We look forward to the intensification of developments projects in this area to make this place ready to accept voluntary returnees," he said, pointing out that the village lacks basic services such as water, health and education facilities, including police posts.