Altamas for Peace and Development Association

The Altamas area in Sudan is a buffer strip between the North and South which includes great ethnic diversity; here we are referring specifically to the Southern Bahr el-Ghazal and Southern Kordofan. These areas, like many regions of Sudan, have continued to suffer from poverty, a decrease in development services and a lack of infrastructure. This is due to the great negligence of the successive Governments of the Center, which exercised partiality in the development process and focused on one area over the others. In addition to this negligence Altamas zone is characterized by a very special status. It was the front line of the Second Sudanese civil war, which lasted about twenty one years. This produced a clearly visible result in the destruction of the social network among the ethnically diversity of people of Altamas, and has drawn all the tribes (such as ALMissirria, the Dinka, Nuer, Nuba, and Alhawazma) to engage in the war directly or indirectly against their will. This deteriorating situation requires a major effort to reform and restore confidence among the people of Altamas areas. Such a fundamental reform depends substantially on the outcome of development process for the inhabitants of the region such as poverty eradication and promoting culture of peace.

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Why Altamas

It is true that the main responsibility for the development in Altamas area lies with the Government of Sudan, but witnesses confirm that the government continued to marginalize the region on a regular basis. This continuous neglect led some of the Canadian emigrants from Sudanese descendent to undertake voluntary and civilian action to serve the interests of the people. This deteriorating situation requires a major effort to reform and restore confidence among the inhabitants of the Altamas areas. Such a fundamental reform depends substantially on the outcome of a radical development process for the inhabitants of the region, including work to stabilize the tribes and reduce the causes of the conflict, promoting a culture of peace, creating awareness of environmental protection and development, and the optimum utilization of exploitation of the region’s natural and human resources in the Altamas area in the aspects of development, awareness of environmental protection, promotion of culture of peace, justice, human rights as well as restoration of the traditions of peaceful coexistence that once prevailed between the tribes of the region for several years. From this standpoint, an appreciable effort is made to establish “Altamas for Peace and Development Association”.

Altamas for Peace and Development Association held a bar-b-que party as a part of its outdoor activities that was open to members and non-members alike in Edwards Park. The objective of this get together was to encourage socialization in the community; get the families and children out in the sunshine after a long school year and introduce the organization to non-members. We held various children’s games over the afternoon along with some adult programs as well; competitions all in the name of fun and togetherness.

The Association also held a musical party during Eid al-Fitr, a festival that ends the fast of Ramada, which accommodated both members as well as non-members. Women members of the Association have played a key role to make the event a success.