For Immediate Release
Monday, November 10, 2008
Nomad and Pastoral Groups Gather for DDDC Consultations
EL FASHER, NORTH DARFUR –
More than 90 nomads and pastoralists from across Darfur gathered today at the El Fasher University Siddig Abdalla Conference Hall to voice their opinions and views to achieve sustainable peace and reconciliation in Darfur.
During day one of the two–day consultation, nomads, pastoralists, and associated groups, including native administrators, Arab tribal leaders, youth, and community based organizations, discussed a wide range of topics that have created conflict and divisions in Darfur.
came to consensus on the common ground issues of security and
administration and democracy.
Tomorrow, they are scheduled to discuss land and natural resources, recovery and development, reconciliation, and identity.
collaboration with the University Center for Peace and Development Studies in Darfur and in coordination with the United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Civil Affairs Department,
the Darfur – Darfur Dialogue and Consultation (DDDC), an autonomous and non-politicized process owned by Darfurians, is facilitating consultations with specific stakeholders in North, South, and West Darfur.
The nomad and pastoralists consultation, which is supported by the Al Waha locality and Herders Union, kicks off a series of consultations the DDDC will facilitate throughout Darfur during November. The DDDC facilitated six consultations in North and South Darfur in October.
By facilitating a broad and inclusive consultation process, the DDDC is helping Darfurians discuss and find solutions to the root causes of the conflict in Darfur.
Working closely with its partners and stakeholders, the DDDC will
feed Darfurian views learned during consultations into the Darfur peace process.
Seeking peace and reconciliation through dialogue and mediation to resolve conflict within and between communities is a deeply rooted Darfurian tradition.
By engaging conflicting groups, restoring confidence, building trust, and promoting open and transparent dialogue to overcome grievances and agree on common grounds to achieve sustainable peace, the DDDC is a continuation of this tradition.
www.dddc.org to read reports on consultation outcomes and for more information on the DDDC.
Contact: Joel Frushone,
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