Day Out With BBC
1 April 2010 – Well-known BBC presenter of Sudanese origin,
Ms. Zeinab Badawi, spent time with the Hakama women singing group and
watched them perform at the Tayeba displaced persons camp in Khartoum
North. The Hakamas had traveled from Southern Kordofan State to perform
for Ms. Badawi, who is in the country to learn about the role of cultural
symbols and the folk and traditional forms of communication in peace-building.
Hakamas are a part of the UNDP and the North Sudan Disarmament Demobilization
and Reintegration (DDR) Commission (NSDDRC)-implemented project that seeks
to train these traditional singers in peace education, human rights, HIV
awareness and DDR. The Hakamas have since traveled all around their region
and to Khartoum, spreading messages of peace and reconciliation.
witnessing the Hakamas perform and talking to them individually, Ms. Badawi
reflected, “Can a song bring peace? Well certainly, listening to
and watching the Hakamas from Southern Kordofan is testimony to the fact
that a song for peace does have the power to influence the community.
The women believe in the power of what the are doing to consolidate peace.
Their vigour, vibrancy and enthusiasm is very moving as you know the words
in praise of peace are heartfelt coming from these women who have lived
through so much suffering.”
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