Sounding Good: Musical Performances in Darfur Make the Difference

EL Fasher, Darfur, 6 July 2011 - They’ve launched and produced newspapers, radios programmes in local unwritten languages, street theatre performances, and have entertained and informed thousands of children in IDP camps with their puppet shows. Now, on 7th July, 2011, Afia Sudan is returning to Darfur, this time in El Fasher, to organize extensive community outreach activities.

The day will start with workshops at 2pm at the National Union Hall, followed by a big march through the town at 6pm and leading up to an evening concert at Al-Shaheed Al Ziber Stadium featuring Igd Elgalad Vocal Group and Shorhabel Ahmed. Such activities are part of a partnership with the Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (NSDDRC) and UNDP to increase and enhance the level of information and public awareness about the community security and small arms control (CSAC) and DDR programmes in the Darfur region. .
“Public Participation Key to New Constitution Making”

Khartoum, 24 May 2011 With the opening of the Constitution Making Forum, the Government of Sudan initiated a broad-based consultative process for drafting a permanent constitution, here today. The Forum, an initiative of the Advisory Council for Human Rights (ACHR) and is supported by the United Nations, notably the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mixing (small) Business and Pleasure: a UNV story in Sudan

1 May 2011 - On a dusty side road in Damazine in Blue Nile State, near a sparkling but empty Chinese hospital, Amir Muhamad Babiker tends his shop. It’s not big, but it’s his and this Tuesday morning it seems the whole town is looking for sugar.

A girl not more than five or six steps forward and shyly hands Babiker a crumpled one Sudanese pound note. He measures out the appropriate amount of sugar and dutifully hands it back before she quickly scurries off.
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An ex-combatant running his successful  "Salat"  restaurant in Kassala