BnaiDarfur: Interview with Adam Achmed

1.      Tell me about yourself

My name is Adam Achmed, I am from Darfur I was born in Dissa Village which is 170 Km from the capital of north Darfur called Al Fashir. I came to Israel in 2008, since I came here I became involved and began to work with the community, mostly with children but also with adults.  For now, I work for Bnai Darfur as the Director of Culture and Education. The part of culture is specifically about how to work with and develop the bond to better be able to share that culture through the share of trend. Like  if there’s a new musician to spread that word. I also work as a teacher, I teach adult students in the evening and help plan for the future to try develop our community specifically through education.  Also, I help with social work, families if they hace problems with children in schools, RSD form, legal problems etc.

2.      Mind set about the organization

My mindset about the organization is to involve more in community work. To help the refugees here but also to help those stll in Darfur. I want to develop the education and share and express the culture of the community with different people.

3.      What are your main priorities

To involve the community, to see if there are any problems and try to fix it, to make life easy for darfurians here especially with integration of culture.

4.      How do you think Bnai Darfur can reach the community?

Through involvement with events. Share culture and create things and discuss with the people about their ideas and needs.

5.      How do you think that this organization will work to benefit the Darfurian community in Israel

With the long term, with education people can study and the community can help develop students and help send them to school so that they can return and help more to do the same thing.  To help people with their specific needs by to make some sort of groundwork so that people can share their experiences with others to get help from other NGO’s, other people in the community etc.

6.      How do you think that the organization will work together with other Darfurian/ Sudanese organizations with the same values?

I think it is a good idea to sit together with people who have the same values and start to cooperate and deal with the issues to work together. If they share the same goals they will start to share together a way to solve them.  If there are other organizations that have the same mission they can work together to solve problems and make the mission and vision happen.

7.      How will bnai Darfur reach displaced people inside the camps in Darfur and how can they work with other refugees in neighboring countries of Darfur (Chad, South Sudan)

First we must be in touch with the NGO’s who are working inside the camp and speak with the leader of the camp and the work with the Darfuri’s who live outside because here to make these thinsg happen and be able to help they need support especially financial. To share the problem and get the people inside the camps to cooperate with NGO’s and people outside to share their experiences and their issues.

8.      How do you its best to present and advocate for the problems in Darfur? (theater, speeches, music) How do you personally present the current issues in Darfur to the rest of the world and the public in Israel ?

Through media, but for me personally through writing. But this is not enough, through theater and cinema and interviews. Meeting people and seminars. There is not only one way, we need to utilize the absundance of ways to advocate.

9.      Can you explain how your life has been improved/changed since leaving Darfur

I don’t know if it has been changed, my childhood was different, I grew up in a very nice way. I grew up in the village with a simple life and dramatically it became different. Im still here and im still suffering but Im not going to give up im working within the suffereing to create a better life.

10.  What have you learned that others might not know about the issue and circumstances in Darfur

Specifically the conflict of Darfur is one of the biggest concersn and things that I have been seeing as something that’s been happening and the problem is not being solved. Most people do not know the difference of culture. In Darfur we use a very simple way of life, no bank, no electricity , donkeys and camels instead of cars. Work for example we work free. People do not exactly understand the way of life we had, so coming here has been a challenge to acclimate.

11.  What kinds of goals do you think that the organization can work towards?

To work hard to develop connections with others, to let others learn form us and learn from others, to make communication to tell stories and experiences, develop education for children, to take meetings to discuss the problems and ideas. Organization is supposed to meet with individual groups like other NGOs and the government to share the stories about Darfur to let them understand and discuss how we can fix the problems.

12.  Did you ever have any doubts

I’m optimistic. Instead of doubt its better to have the mindset that everything will work and we need to move to the positive.


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