The European Union Ambassador to South Sudan, Christian Bader together with Heads of Mission from the United Kingdom, Jonathan Baxter, Canada, Jennifer Hill, Norway, Siv Kaspersen and Switzerland, Johan Gély as well as Benedict Kanu, Country Manager, African Development Bank recently visited the territory of Abyei, disputed between Sudan and South Sudan.
The main purpose of the visit between 9 and 11 June was to witness activities under the EU co-funded FAO’s Cross Border project, which includes provision of livestock and animal health services, alternative livelihoods and management of natural resources.
Abyei is one of the main areas where the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is implementing the €27.6 million project known as “Strengthening the resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in South Sudan’s cross border areas with Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda”.
“I am very proud to see with my eyes the successful implementation of this project,” Amb. Bader said. “With our partners, we were able to bring very useful services to the people of Abyei and their cattle. I hope that peace and security will soon come back in the disputed territory and allow us to do even more for the local population.”
While in Abyei, the Delegation visited the solar-powered water infrastructure supporting the slaughter slab at Ameit Common Market, Ameit Sector Centre where a meeting with representatives of the Misseriya Agaira occurred, as well as Dokura, where the project supports a solar powered multi-purpose water infrastructure for farming and livestock.
The delegation met Mrs. Nyanawut Mayen Kuol Deng, Abyei Special Administrative Area (ASAA) Health, Gender, Child and Social Welfare Minister, and participated in a meeting convened by Kuol Deim, Chief Area Administrator along with several ministers, paramount chief of the Ngok Dinka, Bulabek Deng Kuol, other traditional leaders as well as representatives of the civil society.