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Aisha Raffay – National Coordinator for Marking the IYV+10

The International Year of Volunteers (IYV) was first celebrated in 2001. It played an important role in raising worldwide awareness about the contributions of volunteerism and strengthened approaches at the national level to recognize and support voluntary action. To sustain and extend these achievements, the United Nations General Assembly called for the tenth anniversary of the IYV to be marked in 2011 (IYV+10). The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme is designated as the focal point for catalyzing further action at global, national and regional levels. 

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Ahmed Mutagubya – Information Management Assistant

I joined UNMIS in August 2009 as an Information Management Assistant with the Records Management and Archives (RMA) Unit in Khartoum. Prior to joining UNMIS, I was working with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in my country, Tanzania. When I heard about the UN Volunteer programme, I became intrigued by the idea of working outside of my country, by the prospect of sharing my experience and the challenges involved.

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UN Volunteers recognized for referendum support

The new Deputy Chief of the UNV Peace Division, Moraig Henderson, recently paid a visit to Juba to congratulate UN Volunteers for their support to the Southern Sudan self-determination referendum, a key milestone of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).  

 

"Be proud of your work," Ms Henderson told the UN Volunteers during a town hall meeting at the sector headquarters of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). "Your various contributions to the referendum process are invaluable".

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UNV volunteers from 70 countries support the Southern Sudan Referendum

Currently 214 UNV volunteers from 70 countries are deployed throughout Sudan to directly support the Southern Sudan Referendum.  

 

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army brought to an end the two decade civil war and provided for self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan.

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Helping people make informed decisions
Canadian volunteer Lucy Knight joined UNMIS in February 2010 and was seconded to UNICEF to work on the Sudan Information Campaign for Return and Reintegration (SICRR). The campaign targets the Southern Sudanese internally displaced person (IDP) population in Khartoum State and provides them with accurate and up-to-date information on health, protection and geographical topics, so that they can make informed decisions regarding the possibility of returning to their place of origin in Southern Sudan.
 
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UN Police volunteer in Torit
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan believes that volunteerism is fundamental to the United Nations:
“At the heart of volunteerism are the ideals of service and solidarity and the belief that together we can make the world a better place. In that sense, we can say that volunteerism is the ultimate expression of what the United Nations is all about."
 
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Sarah Wyatt – Nurse

“One of my main motivations in becoming a nurse was the fact that this career gives the possibility to go anywhere and help people along the way.  I have been a nurse for 6 years, worked in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, mainly in adult and pediatric cardiology. I wanted a solid foundation in my nursing career before I branched off into humanitarian related work. Throughout this time I was researching volunteerism, where and how I could volunteer. I came across UNV through a google search” says Sarah Wyatt of New Zealand.

 

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Isata Carew - Return Reintegration and Recovery Officer
“Volunteering is important to me as it gives me the satisfaction of rendering a service and making a difference in somebody’s life. The good thing is that by volunteering not only do I share my knowledge and experiences with others but at the same time gain far more than I hoped. Volunteer work guided my choice for a profession. Since 1993 I have been working in humanitarian programmes in Africa with nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and the UN”, says Isata Carew, UNV volunteer from Sierra Leone.
 
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Mohammed Abuanja - Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration Officer
Mohammed Ibrahim Abuanja Elmot is originally from Kadugli. In 1985, he left Southern Kordofan and moved to Khartoum with his family. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Gezira University and returned to Kadugli to teach at the local high school in 2005.
 
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Dermot Brazel – Facilities Management Assistant

Dermot Brazel of Ireland was working for a private logistics firm operating between Juba and Kabul, Afghanistan. Both places enabled him to observe the harsh realities and difficulties faced by people trying to rebuild their lives and country in the aftermath of conflict. 

 

 

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