“Seeing first-hand the impact Iman has at a community level, from stories like Ahmed’s, shows why this work is so vital,” say Iman Mohamed and Desislava Kyurkchieva, UNDP officials working to address violent extremism in Sudan.
“But, equally important, the film has been used by global partners who have noted the film’s accurate portrayal of ‘soft’ recruitment tactics and ‘civilised radicals’.”
At a more commercial level, the film screened at festivals in Geneva, Paris, New York, Berlin, Stockholm, and Rome, and continues to be used by community networks.
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In Sudan, efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE) form part of UNDP’s support for security and peacebuilding, focusing on vulnerable communities and individuals in conflict-impacted or at-risk areas. With Sudan’s fragile transition disrupting a range of national and regional dynamics, mitigation is more critical than ever.
These efforts – under UNDP’s Partnering Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) initiative – aim to address the evolving root causes of extremism in addition to preventative measures to reduce its spread, often in conjunction with livelihood creation and migration or IDP initiatives. PVE efforts are undertaken in partnership with the Sudan National Commission on Counter-Terrorism (SNCCT), and are generously supported by the Governments of Norway and the Netherlands, with assistance from UNDP’s Arab States and Africa Regional Hubs.
* Names have been changed to protect identities.