Netherlands Ambassador to Sudan visits North Darfur


The Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sudan, Irma van Dueren, who is also Ambassador to Eritrea and Chad, today began a visit to North Darfur to assess Dutch government funded projects in the state.

Ambassador Van Deuren and his delegation were received at the airport in the state capital El Fasher by the secretary general of the government of North Darfur, Hafiz Bakheet Mohamed, and several state officials, the agency reports. Sudan Official Press (SUNA).

During her visit, the Ambassador will identify projects implemented by the Food and Nutrition Security Project, aimed at building resilience and improving livelihoods, supported by the Food and Nutrition Organization of the United Nations. ‘agriculture * (FAO), which is partly funded by the Netherlands. government.

Ambassador Van Dueren will hold meetings with the government of North Darfur to discuss the progress of these projects. His delegation will then head to the town of Kalimendo in the south-east of the capital to learn about the implementation situation of the projects of the resilience program.

The Dutch ambassador’s visit comes shortly after the government of the State of North Darfur on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in the localities of Tawila and Dar El Salam for security reasons, at the following repeated attacks and security breaches, in an attempt to protect the harvest season.

Radio Dabanga receives daily reports of killings, rapes, thefts and abuses against civilians by armed camel and motorcycle bandits, which are wreaking havoc throughout the state, particularly after the withdrawal of the ‘African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) mission that ended its withdrawal exercise in June 2021, as stipulated by United Nations Security Council resolution 2559 (2020), which ended the mandate of the mission at the end of last year. The continued lack of security has sparked a lot of public anger.

* The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized United Nations agency that leads international efforts to end hunger. Its aim is to ensure food security for all and to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives. With more than 194 Member States, FAO works in more than 130 countries around the world.

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