Members of the Rashaida ethnic group in Afabet sub-zone who are striving to lead a settled way of life abandoning nomadic pattern of living said that the putting in place of service-rendering institutions in the area is encouraging them to opt for settlement in a permanent place. Afabet, 28 March 2011 – Members of the Rashaida ethnic group in Afabet sub-zone who are striving to lead a settled way of life abandoning nomadic pattern of living said that the putting in place of service-rendering institutions in the area is encouraging them to opt for settlement in a permanent place.
The members of Rashada ethnic group in Gilbub administrative area who used to come from Kamchewa to obtain health service in the area said that they are ready to be regrouped in one community and lead a settled way of life, and thereby become beneficiaries of social services.
Reports indicated that some of them have already established a shop and are engaged in business activities to lead their day-to-day living. They explained that they used to spend most of their time in Kamchewa in order to obtain potable water and health services. At present, however, they have decided to lead settled life so as to get easy access to the available social services, they added.
Noting that settled life has special benefit to mothers and children in particular, they stated that the provision of mother and child care in health centers is making due contribution in reliving them from a number of diseases.
The Acting head of Gilbub administrative area, Ms. Semira Idris, pointed out that the awareness of the nationals regarding settled way of life is on the rise as a result of the campaign being undertaken and the social services provided. She indicated that more than 100 Rashaida families have already regrouped in Kamchewa and are carrying out business activities. The other members who have not yet regrouped have also shown interest and are making requests for the introduction of education, health and potable water supply services in the area so that they may get regrouped in the same area.
Gilbub administrative area comprises the hamlets of Abdirbab, Embre, Kiwalai, Kezan and Gilbub.