Super Women in Abu Shouk
I've asked few women from Abu Shouk(1) camp if they have been working or doing any other job beside their household. They said they are not working but making bricks, selling food in the market and nearby schools and farming. Women of Darfur "Jobless status" include doing their productive and reproductive roles.While men are not really responsible from breadwinning; they continue to abuse women by practicing polygamy and domestic violence. I couldn't believe my ears when an educated women and an activist told me that Darfuri women love the harsh treatment of their husbands. If a man was nice to his wife she would think that he doesn't love her.
I was passing by women who were making bricks. They have stopped their work for a few seconds and stared at our car. I saw hope in their eyes they were just checking out if I was an aid worker but I've nothing except waving for them and honoring their extremely hard job. Their smiles have made my day.
Notes from Abu Shouk:
The camp near Alfashir is much similar to camps around Khartoum but it is much bigger and there is extensive existence of soldiers and a huge check point. In Abu Shouk the well-structured buildings are a mosque and a green building with big photo of Ali Osman & Elbashir(2). I've notice an empty yard with a label "The Egyptian Clinic". I called my memories back to 2009 and I've remembered the incident of The Egyptian government sending drugs and medications in a military helicopter directly to a camp in Darfur. When the ministry of health and asked to check those medicines they needed to transport them again to Khartoum; where the National Board for Medications and Poisons rejected to check unclassified drugs. The classification was done by a volunteer and most of the medicines were expired or about to expire. It was just an attempt by the Egyptian government to trash those medicines.
Inside the camp I've noticed a billboard of a WFP project in partnership with Kuwaiti company & I've learnt about another Kuwaiti company was contracted to do the catering for UNAMID. I wondered how some states are benefiting from the ongoing crisis and how they are not giving a shit to the people of Sudan/Darfur. I've not hear any statement by Kuwaiti government regarding the people of Sudan.
National Youth Union Participation in Cecafa Championship Exhibition: Stealing Public Property
Cecafa championship was accompanied by a cultural exhibition from Darfur. The participants were civil society organizations, entrepreneurs and the national youth union which I'm really confused in which category I shall put. It is not a Governmental/ Non Governmental Organization neither a political party but something in between. Their section in the exhibition was one of the most beautiful sections. They had a photo archive from Darfur; which I believe it's not theirs and had been stolen from the government archive of Darfur which is a public property. The photos reflected the beauty of nature in Darfur and the culture of certain tribes. Below is a part of the exhibition.
P.S. no photos of farmers were there; only herders and nomads.
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