Pakistani peacekeepers reconstruct strategic road in Darfur, Sudan

October 25, 2018 Off By Web Desk

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) recently inaugurated a strategic road, repaired by Pakistani “Blue Helmets”, in the western region of Sudan, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported quoting a report released in New York on Wednesday.

The 84-kilometer road, inaugurated by Deputy Joint Special Representative for UNAMID Anita Kokui Gbeho, links the towns of Golo and Nertiti in Central Darfur, as part of the Mission efforts to support local communities and improve infrastructure in the region.

The road project was rehabilitated by the Pakistan Engineering Company serving with UNAMID. The company completed the project over a 71-day period, well ahead of the scheduled 110 days, despite challenges such as the insecurity, rough mountainous terrain, tough weather conditions and difficulties sourcing materials, the report said.

“Reconstructing the road would not be possible if there was no peace in the area,” Ms. Gbeho said at the inauguration ceremony, adding that by implementing this project, the Mission is showing the people of Darfur and the world that peace is possible.

Captain Ghafoor of the Pakistan Engineering Company said that the strategic road would help to bring prosperity to Golo through increased trade.

For its part, the government of Sudan thanked UNAMID and the Pakistani peacekeepers for rehabilitating the road, as it would help communities to transport agricultural produce from surrounding areas and boost the local economy. The road reconstruction will connect the people in the area, Sudanese Minister of Urban Planning Modather Omar Adam said.

Source: International Islamic News Agency