Al-Damazin, Nov. 29 (SUNA) - The Governor of the Blue Nile region, Lieutenant General Ahmed Al-Omda Badi, received in his office today Ms. Mandib, the country director of UNICEF, accompanied by a number of the organization's leaders at the central level, and the Director of UNICEF in the region, Engineer Khaled Mousa, in the presence of the Ministers of Education and Agriculture, the Secretary-General of the Regional Government and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid in the region.

The meeting discussed goals and programs of the UNICEF delegation's visit to the region and the directives of the regional government to exploit efforts of UNICEF and other organizations in facing the challenges.

The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Ramadan Yassam Hamad, pointed out that the visit of the UNICEF delegation came to inspect the activities provided by UNICEF during the year 2022, in the fields of water, environmental sanitation, health, education, and the protection of children and women in the region, noting to the Governor directives for coordination with the organization for the success of the partnership programs.

He indicated that the UNICEF programs targeted more than (200) thousand displaced persons and returnees in the field of water, more than (600) thousand displaced persons and returnees in the field of humanitarian aid of all kinds, and that more than (100) thousand children and women received protection services, providing seating and textbooks for 600 thousand male and female students, in addition to the plan for translating the curriculum for students returning from refugee camps.

He asserted the governor exclusion of United Nations agencies and foreign organizations from emergency procedures and allowing them to move freely to enable them to carry out field surveys in the areas of return, securing water, health, environmental sanitation and education services, referring to UNICEF's plans to build more than (12) primary schools in the region.

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