Nyala- A visit paid by Sudan Vision recently to the voluntary return areas in Darfur proved that the return of great numbers of IDPs and refugees to their areas is a concrete reality and that Darfur is enjoying peace and stability, a matter that enables the returnees to practice economic activities, including farming.
A number of people who returned to their original villages in Al Salaam Locality in South Darfur State affirmed that they would not return again to the life of camps, which they described as a humiliating one.
Sudan Vision newspaper paid visits to Dagrisa and Bolbul Dambsko villages at Al Salaam Locality in South Darfur State and got acquainted with the stability the returnees enjoy and their readiness to engage in farming as an economic activity.
A number of returnees in the two villages expressed their pleasure over the security, stability and peaceful coexistence their areas witness and the welcome accorded to them by the communities, who provided them with food aid and lodging materials before the intervention by the authorities and organizations.
The returnees affirmed that the government of the state has exerted great efforts for supporting them, including provision of seeds and agricultural equipment for practicing farming.
The head of the native administration of Dagrisa village has affirmed cohesion of the social fabric in the area, saying that the returnees are their brothers and that they are supporting them to engage in agricultural activities.
He affirmed that the campaign of weapons collection and cooperation of the people of the area with the authorities have led to the stability and security it enjoys now.
He, further explained that they practice cultivation of sorghum and watermelon, calling on the IDPs, who are still in camps to return to their villages as there is nothing to fear as security and stability have become concrete reality, saying that camps have greatly harmed the sons of IDPs, who suffered from school dropping out and unemployment.
Another native administration chief at Dagraisa village, Al Doma Musa Ahmed, explained that the people of the village had accorded warm welcome to their returning brothers, affirming that all the returnees have engaged in farming and received their lands.
More than 750 families from the various tribes of Darfur have returned to Dagrisa village and immediately started practicing farming activities, he said.
Farmer Mohamed Ahmed Hassan, who is cultivating the land and planting the okra, says that he thanks God for the blessing of peace that enabled him and his family to return to the village and live in peace. He affirmed that he has received his home and farmland and that he is now farming for increasing his income and relying on himself in the livelihood of his family.
Mohamed said in the village of Dagraisa that the returnees began to practice agriculture amid the welcome of the people of the village and explained that they began to grow millet and vegetables, besides their work in horticulture and expected that the village of Dagraisa would achieve high productivity, especially after the availability of the production inputs.
He said the state government had provided 10 farm tractors to farmers in the village in support of production.
The returnees focused on the need to provide more services.
Commissioner of Al Salaam Locality Al Fadhil Yahya Idriss said there are eight villages of voluntary return in the locality, the biggest of them has more than 750 families, affirming that the return process had been spontaneous and that the locality has arranged the security situation and directed the handover of houses and land to them through committees to support the voluntary return, referring to the great cooperation between the citizens and the returnees.
He said that the local government provided the returnees with lodging materials, agricultural equipment and seeds as well as that some organizations initiated provision of food and clothes and education, stressing that the locality will be planning the housing for them after the rainy season in an area not less than 400 meters for a family.
Yahya revealed implementation by the locality of compulsory education program with the opening of seven schools for the nomads. In the village of Bolbul Dambsko we found the students in the classrooms at the school built by the State of Qatar.
Principle of Bolbul Dambsko School affirmed availability of all education facilities, affirming that the State of Qatar has implemented an integrated complex that includes 25 houses, a water station, four schools, an integrated health unit, a police station, a mosque and internal roads besides a youth center and another for women.