DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has opened an integrated services complex in Arara village, Beida locality, West Darfur state, Sudan, at a cost of QR10,585,000, under a financing agreement with Qatar Development Fund (QDF) to serve more than 54,000 people of the village and neighbouring areas.
The opening was attended by Sheikh Rashid Al Nuaimi, Qatar’s Ambassador, Adel Al Baker, QRC General Affairs Adviser, and representatives of Qatar Charity and Eid Charity.
First Vice-President of Sudan, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh, Darfur Regional Authority Chief, Tijani Sese, Minister of Interior, Abdel Wahed Youssef, Federal Minister of Health, Bahr Idriss Abu Garda, West Darfur Governor, Haider Galu Kuma, DPA Chairman, Sultan Saad Abdel-Rahman, DPA Minister of Health, Dr Firdous Abdel-Rahman, and Head of Darfur Peace Follow-Up Office, Dr Amin Hassan Omar were also present.
Built between April 2013 and April 2014, the complex will be operated by QRC from this month to May 2015, with a budget of $260,000. After that, it will be handed over to Sudanese authorities, QRC said yesterday.
The complex has services facilities for social welfare, healthcare, education, water, and sanitation.
It comprises a central mosque, two primary and two secondary schools for boys and girls, a rural hospital, police station, a water plant, and 15 housing units for staff.
The project also involves development projects and activities to facilitate the voluntary return of internally displaced people, such as family livelihood and economic empowerment (QR3,650,000), social sheltering and housing (QR1,825,000), social harmony and peace promotion (QR1,825,000), and food provisions for returnees (QR109,500).
The complex is part of Qatar’s efforts to establish peace in and rehabilitate Darfur, which has seen continuous clashes and unrest since 2003.
Under the supervision of QDF, Qatar launched an initiative to develop and rebuild the region’s five states with full-fledged services complexes.
QDF inked a pact with QRC to build and run a services complex in West Darfur at a budget of QR22,630,000.
After a survey, QRC office selected Arara to be home of the new complex.The Peninsula