The VODW Project 2011-2012

The project can be divided into four phases.

  1. Sitting group for women’s development in refugee camps in Darfur

We divided all women in four groups; every group consists of 30 women. In the group we appointed one as a leader, and one as a secretary, and one as a treasurer.

  • Group #1 was responsible for the handicraft, such as cultural and folklore related items.
  • Group #2 was made responsible for making soap
  • Group#3 was made responsible for making jam and cheese, and conservations of food.
  • Group #4 was made responsible for pottery.

I have the names for all women in the groups.

  • Visiting public places in the camps

I visited public, social places in the camps, especially in regards to women’s health, safety, wealth, education and situation socially and psychologically. I spoke to raped women and children, some of them were victims during 2011, especially one of the girl who is 9 years old. I talked to her family and interviewed her about what happened. You can see the pictures with her.

  • Visiting the schools

I also went to visit the schools in the refugee camps to examine their current conditions, and presented school materials as gifts to them from London, such as notebooks, pencils, sharpeners, rubbers, and also sport materials such as footballs and tennis balls, all from my own children’s school (Salusbury Primary School).

  • Meeting and connecting with important and influential people

Lastly, I visited important people in the refugee camps, such as Monira Mohammed Bahr-edin, which is the manager for women and children’s issues in the province of west Darfur. We discussed about how to develop the women economically, and we made a full report about what the groups need to have and to do, planning for 2012-2014, in collaboration with Jeel Almustaqbal, Darouti, and Rawad Alsalam.

I also met with leaders of tribes, politicians, and organizations working for human rights. I met five national civilian human rights organizations:

  1. Rawad Alsalam
    1. Jeel Almustaqbal
    1. Darouti
    1. Gelaani
    1. Althil Alwarif

When it comes to the tribes, they have suffered much from arrests and accusations made by governmental authorities. And there is still lack of food, water, and not good enough health. They truly do suffer in their everyday lives and because of that, there is not enough integrity and trust between the tribes and the people.

The women there lack the knowledge about the most fundamental human rights, and their rights as women, neither in society nor in religion. They have no voices at all and cannot protect themselves, nor are they sufficiently protected.

A lot of the people I met, especially children, have been direct victims of the wars going on and suffer deeply from traumas and emotional breakdowns. They really need emotional support (such as counseling and social workers to advice and encourage them to move on with their lives).

Thank you,

Afaf Hassan

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