Government of Japan grants US $1,173,000 to IOM Sudan for continued assistance to returnees, South Sudanese Refugees, IDPs and host communities
The Government of Japan has allocated a total of US $1,173,000 in support of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) operations in Sudan. The generous contribution of the amount of US$600,000 will go towards supporting the reintegration project in North and South Darfur States, and US $573,000 towards community stabilization as part of the Humanitarian and Development Nexus project in West Kordofan. Under the reintegration project the funds will enable support to the return and reintegration of internally displace persons (IDPs) and cross border Sudanese returnees from the neighboring countries such as Chad and Central African Republic, to El-Fasher rural area, in North Darfur and Um Dafog locality in South Darfur through improved accesses to basic services, community infrastructures and livelihood activities.
Rapid Response Fund (RRF) awards Sudanese Development Call Organization (NIDAA) $82,973 for Protection Assistance in East Jebel Marra
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, through its Rapid Response Fund (RRF) funded by USAID/OFDA, has awarded a sub-grant of $82,973.15 to the national NGO Sudanese Development Call Organization (NIDAA) to provide protection assistance to 4,280 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Leiba village in East Jabel Marra locality, South Darfur state, Sudan. East Jebel Marra has in the recent past been engulfed in constant conflicts and inter-tribal fighting triggered by competition over scarce resources, mainly water and pasture, resulting in mass displacement of people. Following the eruption of clashes in January 2016, over 29,000 people were internally displaced from Jebel Marra locality to Kass, Mershing, Manawashei, Otash and El Malam IDP camps and other gathering sites within South Darfur state, according to an inter-agency assessment report conducted in September 2017 by UN Agencies and other humanitarian partners in Sudan.
IOM and the Sudan Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources sign MoU to strengthen collaboration in regards to Climate Change and Human Mobility programming
IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR) in Sudan signed a first ever formalized agreement between a government and IOM to boost cooperation on migration, environment and climate change related issues within the framework of Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC). Representing the Government of Sudan was the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and Urban Development Dr. Hassan Abdul Qader Hilal, who signed the memorandum of understanding. “We appreciate the role played by the specialized UN organizations and wish to strengthen the joint cooperation between the Higher Council for the Environment and the International Organization for Migration to build the capacities of Sudan in the areas of combating climate change and early warning of disasters,” he said
IOM Distributes Emergency Shelters and Non-Food items to 1,000 families in Shangel Tobay, North Darfur
With generous funding support from the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), IOM began distributing Emergency Shelters and Non-Food items to 1,000 vulnerable families (4,500 individuals) with the assistance of Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in Shangel Tobay IDP camps, North Darfur. The distribution came as a result of an assessment carried out by the IOM DTM/ESNFI team in coordination with Dar El Salam Development Association that lasted from 26th to 28th of January. The families were selected based on their vulnerability and included unaccompanied elders, people with special needs, single females and single parents many of which were protracted IDPs.
Sudan Independent Film Festival Jury Award Given to One of the Participants from IOM funded Intiqal Filming Workshop
The short film Hussein Richard directed by Maher Hassan and supervised by Imad Mabrook was presented with the Jury Award at the Sudan Independent Film Festival. The short film was one of five films produced during the 3 week “Intiqal” workshop funded by the IOM Sudan and facilitated by Sudan Film Factory which brought together Sudanese Journalists and migrants from various countries to collaborate in telling stories of migration and the experiences of migrants.
Voices from Sudan
Addressing Acute Watery Diarrhea in South Kordofan
Teia and his family were living in Safya, a village in South Kordofan, with little access to basic services such as medicine, food or safe water. When his two-year-old daughter died from acute malnutrition due to the harsh living conditions, Teia decided that it was time to find a better place to raise his eight children, five girls and three boys.
Finding Peace and a Place to Talk- the Story of a Victim of Trafficking
“When organizations try to help people like us, they think that all we need is food and shelter, but what I found in the MRRC is a place to talk. A place where I can finally tell someone about the terrible things I have been through,” stated Aster when asked what she thought of the services provided by the IOM Migrant Resource and Response Center in Khartoum, Sudan.
From football star to begging on the streets of Khartoum
“The word dream is a big word…it is a word that means so much to every one of us. I dream of being a superstar, I know that I have talents and I want to show the world these talents.” Christen dreams of becoming an international football player. Originally from Nigeria, the 24 year old travelled to South America and Europe as part of a Nigerian football team.