Hakamas Promote Peace-building in Darfur

Approximately 37 Hakamas in South Darfur State participated in a one day training session facilitated by both the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC) and their implementing partner AFIA-Sudan.

The Hakama women who traditionally chant songs encouraging their husbands and sons to fight in the frontlines are now being taught key messages of peace and stability. Topics covered during the training were peace-building, gender, guiding principles of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), general overview of Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC). Following the trainings, which also took place in El Fasher and El Geneina, a total of 120 women singers will perform their new songs at 24 specially designed community security themed football game halftime shows throughout the three states of Darfur.

 

 

Photo by: Samara Andrade UNDP/DDR

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Taken on February 19, 2012