Darfur is the history, the present and the future, a land of material heritage and underground riches as well as established values. A region, whose inhabitants have gone through war and intertribal clashes and insecurity since 2003, will never be more stable and secure than today – thanks to the government's bald decision to disarm civilians and collect illegal weapons across the region in aid of public peace and order and enforcing the rule of law for common peace and social security.
I have observed a remarkably peace and stability throughout out by tour of the region by land, a tour organized by Sudan Dams Implementation Unit (DUI) for a great deal of journalist to launch the project eliminating thirsty dubbed (Zero Thirsty), announced by the Presidency to eradicate the problem of drinking water across the board.
On our way, we rode on tiny sands, passing by high summits in chilling desert climate. We set off from North Kordofan state capital of Obeid on two cars carrying yellow government plates. It was the first time for state cars to make to Darfur as we were told by the director of dams construction in South Darfur, who added that the arrival government's car with yellow number place was indicative of growing stability, security, peace and purging the region of rebellion.
Although, passengers appeared cautious when out of major towns, but the general atmosphere was that Darfur is seeking remarkable stability and that peace and security are notably return to the locals in many regions we have toured.
I was, personally impressed by the regions spectacular landscape and nature, and most importantly its potentials for tourism.
We traveled all the way to the region on National Salvation Highway, which came like manna from heaven for the people of Darfur to do away with their sufferings and travel burdens. It took us about four to five hours to get to the capital of North Darfur, El-Fashir, where we observed a huge presence of regular forces and the army despite things looked unusual for a visitor. On our second leg of the tour, we headed for South |Darfur capital Nyala. The general feeling was full of fear and causation until we came to Tabat, which rape incidents had been rumored in the international media. To the country, we found that things were normal and local residents were going about their farming business. Next we continued our journey to the regions of Tawila, Shengli Tubia. On the way, we saw an abandoned mosque. Later we were informed that was a village whose residents fled the war to other safe havens.
We travelled all through the distance without facing any obstacles along the way on our trip by land. We saw no signs of local carrying arms or felt presence of rebellion or armed factions in the regions we travelled through up to the localities of Tulus and Damaso.
The locals and tribal chiefs, Sudan Vision queried, confirmed that the region is totally free of rebellion and armed robbery – thanks to the government's decision to collect arms from civilians and irregular parties. The locals have confined their problems to their desperate need for drinking water to ensure stability and voluntary return of IDPs to their homes of origin.
Plan for 54 water points
Abdel-Majid Al-Sharif, Director of Dams Implementation Unit, revealed that the united had started a project to install as many as 54 water stations within the framework of Zero Thirsty project in 2010, adding that studies were underway to construct 4-18 water harvest points in aid of supplying water for human consumption and farming benefiting from Tulus Valley waters.
Peaceful Eid-el-Firsan Locality
South Darfur's region of Eid-el-Firsan has been exempt to rebellion and war in Darfur, according to Al-Tom Hadi Dabaka, a senior tribal chief. He noted that the region has not seen and form of opposition or presence of armed movement, but lamented poor living conditions and lacking basic services, especially shortage of water for human and livestock consumption.
Dabaka affirmed the readiness of the members of his tribe to comply with the presidential decision to surrender their weapons; however, he called on the government to work out a practical plan to ensure public security and handle periodical camel rustling activities by bandits and outlaws.
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