Empowering Widows of Kabkabiya, North Darfur

Humanitarian assistance by Pakistan Army troops deployed under UNAMID, Sudan
To address the prevailing abject poverty at Kabkabiya, North Darfur, a survey was carried out to determine possible ways of alleviating poverty. Local administration of Government of Sudan (GoS), Shartai (Tribal leader) and women IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Leaders were consulted for financial help. In this backdrop, concerted efforts were made by Pakistan Army Contingent in Sudan to help deserving widows and women in a respectable and socially acceptable manner.  

Darfur has been in a state of war since 2003, due to clashes between GoS and various non-state actors, which negatively affected local women and children. In Darfur’s culture, women are often the sole bread earners of a family. Farming and livestock are a major source of earning for the impoverished people. With this concept and in accordance with the local norms and customs, PAKBATT-7 under United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) umbrella, endeavored to provide livestock (goats) to poor war-trodden families, particularly to the widows. All expenditures in this regard were borne through voluntary donations by officers and troops of PAKBATT-7 to the widows in such a way that they can take part in economic activity and feed their families with milk, and can multiply the number through reproduction which can make for sustainable livelihood.
In coordination with The Women Rural Society, Kabkabiya, data was collected about poor widows who are dependent on their community for a living and collected data was verified through multiple sources. Subsequently, the needy widows were contacted through Women Rural Society, and Women IDPs Leaders and Shartai for handing over of livestock.
The help was extended in five phases:    
In the 1st phase of distribution on February 6th, 2019, twelve goats were distributed among the widows. Head of Women Rural Society appreciated the gesture and initiative taken by PAKBATT-7.
On March 25th, 2019, PAKBATT-7 organized a small event and hosted the local Sudanese guests. Sudanese women leaders also interacted with the Contingent at UNAMID Camp, Kabkabiya. GoS officials and Women Rural Leaders appreciated the efforts of PAKBATT-7 to alleviate poverty and for helping the women of Kabkabiya. Brig Syed Hamid Afzal Orakzai was present as the Chief Guest during the 2nd phase of the distribution process when thirty-five goats were handed over to needy widows.
UNAMID Force Commander Lt Gen Leonard M Ngondi appreciated the efforts of PAKBATT-7 and also generously contributed for donation of two goats to poor widows in Kabkabiya on the eve of Medal Parade.
On May 5th, 2019, PAKBATT-7 provided seven goats to the widows in presence of members of Women Rural Leaders at UNAMID Camp, Kabkabiya. Deputy Head of Women Rural Leaders, Ms. Kausar thanked the Contingent for steps taken to empower self-sufficiency of women in daily management of livelihood.
On May 14th, 2019, in the fourth such distribution of its kind, a total of thirty goats were distributed to poor families of Kabkbiya locality.
On June 3rd, 2019, in the fifth phase twenty-five goats were distributed among the poor widows of Kabkabiya by the Deputy Contingent Commander, Col Naiknam Muhammad Baig.
In the last five months, one hundred and fifteen goats have been donated to different poor widows and their families. Community of Kabkabiya, Commissioner and Shartai, while addressing at different levels, always appreciate the initiative of PAKBATT-7 to assist the locals. Due to this step, locals from all walks of life appreciated the efforts by Pakistani troops to help the poor local community. The love, appreciation and brotherhood shown by Pakistani troops has also been acknowledged by the international community. HH

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