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Safekeeping Darfur & Protecting Victims in Sudan

In cooperation with the Humanitarian Foundation H.O.P.E. and our local partners, Cinema for Peace Foundation has been supporting the project "Safe-Keeping Darfur". The aim of the project is to provide humanitarian workers with digital mini-cameras that are then distributed to local people so they can record events, in turn providing protection, evidence and live satellite transmissions for the real-time delivery of information to the world about atrocities and emergencies in Darfur. So far more than 200 mini – cameras as well as 12 laptop computers and additional satellite internet equipment have been provided to local humanitarian workers.

In 2012, Cinema for Peace Foundation supported filmmaker Andrew Berends in exposing the atrocities taking place in the Nuba Mountains through a documentary film.

 

Project Description:

Since gaining independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956, Sudan has experienced more years of conflict than peace. These conflicts, fought between the Sudanese government and movements arising in Sudan’s peripheries, are commonly rooted in the exploitative leadership of Khartoum and the unequal distribution of power and wealth among the Sudanese population.

In Darfur, more than 2.5 million people have been displaced by the conflict. Innocent people, mostly women and children, are abused, raped and murdered daily in this region. The international community has been slow to respond in helping the local population and to bringing the criminals to justice.

In response to this situation, the Slovenian humanitarian organization H.O.P.E. and peace activist Tomo Križnar started the project “Safekeeping Darfur” which is supported by Cinema for Peace. The aim of the project is to provide humanitarian workers with digital mini-cameras that will then be distributed to local people so they can record events, in turn providing protection, evidence and live satellite transmissions for the real-time delivery of information to the world about atrocities and emergencies in Darfur. Data recorded under this program may be forwarded to the International Criminal Court to be used as evidence in criminal trials and will also be used in a documentary to raise awareness of the situation in Darfur.

Cameras have successfully been delivered in Darfur in 2010. Since the situation further deteriorated in 2011 and human rights violations increased in other Sudanese regions near the boarder to South Sudan, such as Kordofan, the Nuba Mountains, Abyei and Kadugli, the camera project was expanded to trouble spots in these regions and the project was renamed “Safekeeping Darfur & Protecting Victims in Sudan.” Local people have reported that cameras are circulating through the camps and, as awareness of the cameras has increased, incidences of crimes have decreased by 80 to 100 percent.

 

Partners / Responsible Persons:

Tomo Križnar, H.O.P.E., Suleiman Jamous, Local population of trouble spots in Darfur, Kordofan, Blue Nile

Our project partners are very aware of the dangerous situation people are exposed to which is illustrated by the following intern correspondence to Tomo Križnar:

“Make sure your teams don't film anyone who doesn't want to be filmed, or anything they think could be problematic. I don't think outsiders should try to censor your material. It has to be done at source. So the burden is on you to only get out what is safe for the people and only what they want got out... another burden!!! I think the publicity Kurchi got, helped a lot in the lull yesterday.”

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Tomo Kriznar, Klemen Mihelic and Sulieman Jamous delivering cameras and technical equipments

Technical equipment that was bought for the project in 2010:

  • 20 pcs Mini Camera: 691,13 EUR + Import Tax: 212,49 = 903,62 EUR
  • 10 pcs Foto camera PRAKTICA and 10 pcs Video camera PRAKTIKA: 1.762,80 EUR
  • 40 pcs Memory card 4GB, 5 pcs EXT Hard disk VERBATIM, 7 pcs ASUS Laptop: 2.543,04 EUR
  • 44 pcs Mini camera: 1.241,53 EUR + Import Tax: 456,59 EUR = 1.698,12 EUR
  • 45 pcs Mini camera: 788,87 EUR + Import Tax: 286,40 EUR = 1.075,27 EUR
  • 20 pcs Mini camera: 395,59 EUR+ Import Tax: 56,03 EUR = 451,62 EUR
  • 50 pcs Mini camera: 1.358,95 EUR + Import Tax: 353,34 EUR = 1.712,29 EUR
  • 20 pcs Mini camera: 625,02 EUR + Import Tax: 214,54 EUR = 839,56 EUR
  • 20 pcs Memory Card 4GB: 134,40 EUR *
  • 1 pcs ASUS Laptop: 282,00 EUR *
  • 40 pcs Memory card 4GB, 40 pcs 2GB, 5 pcs EXT Hard disk VERBATIM, 5 pcs ASUS Laptop: 2.407,80 EUR
  • 1 pcs T&T 300 Portable Satellite internet: 2.601,31 EUR
  • 1 pcs BGAN 5000 Unit Card for T&T 300 Portable Satellite internet: 2.893,32 EUR
  • 1 pcs T&T 300 Portable Satellite internet: 2.601,31 EUR
  • 1 pcs BGAN 5000 Unit Card for T&T 300 Portable Satellite internet: 2.893,32 EUR
  • 1 pcs GET2NET VSAT Satellite Internet: 1.662,00 EUR (Additional transfer payments of 206 EUR will be payed each month)
  • 2 pcs Sony GPS Foto/Video Camera: 680,28 EUR

TOTAL: 27.142,06 EUR


Total stock of technical equipment for the project:

  • 199 pcs Mini Camera
  • 140 psc Memory Card
  • 10 pcs HD Foto Camera
  • 10 pcs HD Video Camera
  • 13 pcs Laptop Computer
  • 12 pcs External Hard Disk
  • 2 pcs Sony GPS Foto/Video Camera
  • 2 pcs T&T 300 Portable Satellite internet + 2 pcs 5000 Transfer Units
  • 1 pcs GET2NET VSAT Satellite Internet
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