November 5, 2020 update on work of the Project Responding to Sexual Violence in Darfur
November 26, 2020
Project Responding to Sexual Violence in Darfur: Providing Safety and Rehabilitation for Girls and Women in Darfur
Gaffar Mohammud Saeneen and Eric Reeves, Co-Chairs
November 5, 2020
The Darfuri women who have been trained to offer psycho-social services, as well as legal, and security advice, are now in their second week of work in the four quarters of the Zamzam displaced persons camp outside El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. Five qualified women have now joined the initial eight selected for training, and will all split between themselves the monthly salary allowance. In addition to these counseling services, we have provided substantial supplies of food to the most desperately needy in the camp, as well as other critical items.
Covid-19 has been lurking in the El Fasher area for months,and Gaffar has received disturbing reports about a recent and rapid spread of the virus in and near Zamzam, where there is an almost complete lack of understanding of and prophylactic measures for controlling its spread. We have made a supplementary distribution of funds this week to purchase enough fabric for tailors to sew some 3,000 mask as well as over 1,500 bars of sanitizing soap. All our counselors will be wearing masks as a means of setting an educational example.
The network that Gaffar has set up in Sudan/Darfur is working efficiently and on a highly cost-effective basis. If resources permit,we hope to expand our efforts to Salaam displaced persons camp outside Nyala.