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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Stakeholders’ consultation on arms registration in West Darfur

On 18 and 19 December 2012, the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) conducted a stakeholders’ consultation on civilian arms registration in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur State in Sudan. Consultative meetings were held with some 60 traditional leaders and 140 members of the state parliamentary assembly, as well as with the local leadership of UNAMID.

Gathering of Traditional Leaders

Head of UNAMID

Legislative Assembly

After more than a decade of civil war in Darfur, the civilian population is heavily armed and trust in the security forces is low in many communities. Following the success of a local arms registration drive undertaken by a committee of elders in South Darfur, which succeeded in registering some 7,000 weapons and placing them under the control of traditional leaders in recent years, the SDDRC is keen to replicate this model in other Sudanese states. 

The government of West Darfur, which is bordering both Chad and the volatile Central African Republic, is planning to set up a similar committee early next year. In order to prepare the ground, consultative meetings were held with some 60 traditional leaders and 140 members of the state parliamentary assembly, as well as with the local leadership of UNAMID. BICC supported this process by providing technical and financial assistance funded through a grant of the German Foreign Office.