Sudan: Unamid Organizes Cultural Festival in Mellit
an article by UNAMID Press release in All Africa News Agency
On 18 December 2014, more than 7,000 people
attended a cultural festival organized by the
African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur
(UNAMID) in Mellit, North Darfur, to disseminate
the culture of peace.
Girls from Kuma welcome the arrival of UNAMID UN photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran
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The event, held under the theme "Darfur: talk
Peace Now", brought together youth and families
from all tribes living in the area. The occasion,
which included performing traditional peace
songs, music and dance as well as carrying white
pigeons among attendees, emphasized an
atmosphere of peaceful coexistence.
"Such events are important as they link together
different communities and foster peace and
stability amongst them. We appreciate UNAMID's
peace building efforts in Darfur and Mellit in
particular," said Mustafa Harry, the executive
director of Mellit locality.
He also valued UNAMID's vocational skills training
implemented in the locality especially among
youth groups in order to improve their life style
and their work.
"UNAMID provided remarkable training to the
youth in this locality. They gained various skills
which enable them to contribute to their
community development and build a better future
for themselves" added the executive director of
UNAMID's Team Site Police Commander, Captain
Victor Olitin reaffirmed UNAMID's commitment to
its mandate in civilian protection, facilitating
humanitarian assistance and supporting peace
process in Darfur through collaboration with the
government and local community members.
"UNAMID offers all its efforts to bring peace to
Darfur in accordance with its mandate; thus
cooperation with the government, local authorities
and community leaders is vital," he said.
UNAMID conducts routine patrols in and around
Mellit to ensure stability for the town's population
and the displaced people in the neighboring
This is the second cultural event the Mission
conducts in Darfur in this month as part of its
support to the peace process.
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