Last year, the United Nations began removing peacekeepers from the country and transitioned to a purely political mission. The removal of peacekeepers left a large security vacuum, and violence soon erupted. For example, since December 2019, Darfur has experienced four waves of inter-communal violence, leading to large-scale displacement and property destruction. In October 2021 a military takeover only escalated inter-communal violence, where people were killed and villages were looted and burned.
The conflict in Darfur is also exacerbated by climate change as competition over land and water is linked to an increase in violent fighting among communities. Sexual violence is also rampant in the country, with women often at risk while they complete their daily activities, such as collecting firewood.
In our newest country program, NP will deepen the implementation of Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) in Darfuri communities. Our first team there has been training and coaching local leaders in peacebuilding and civilian protection. NP is also building relationships with conflict-affected communities to identify needs and priorities for the work. The team is conducting orientation workshops about UCP for women, youth or marginalized communities that explore how UCP can strengthen existing community self-protection efforts.
One participant from East Darfur who took part in an NP training said: “If together with trained UCP practitioners we stand together and advocate for unarmed solutions, we gradually will succeed and positively contribute to silencing the guns in our communities, assist the affected population and vulnerable families.”Training participants are already teaching unarmed civilian protection in their communities, including in several IDP camps, with especially vulnerable populations.
NP’s work in Sudan is just beginning. Our goal is to enhance safety and security of high-risk communities in Darfur bysupporting and strengthening local peace initiatives such as:
locally-brokered peace agreements
serving as an intermediary between groups in a dispute
supporting communities to actively engage in regional and national peace processes
Are you interested in applying to work with our team in Sudan? We are hiring! See jobs here.
"It is possible to silence the guns in Darfur. Because of the long time of war and continuing displacement of communities, all Darfurians in camps and towns are fed up with war and violence,"
Course graduate, Halima Mohammed Ibrahim from Nyala (South Darfur)
separate places where unarmed civilian protection is mentioned in the resolution to establish UNITAMS
Darfuri students completed the unarmed civilian protection course on how to use nonviolence and work towards a peaceful future in their communities
Our training course has reached students from all 5 Darfuri states
Our Team in Darfur
Start-up Director: Tanya Walmsley
Training Program: 2020
Photo 1: Getty Photo 2: UNITAMS
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