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Labor Day festivities support social cohesion in Kabo

On Labor Day (1 May 2015), IOM supported social cohesion activities in Kabo, CAR that brought together several hundred community members. Kabo is a diverse community in CAR’s northern Ouham Prefecture, which hosts over 12,000 IDPs and returnees.

The day’s activities commenced with a flag ceremony and national anthem, followed by speeches by several community leaders and the Mayor, whose office jointly organized the events with IOM.  A Labor Day Parade and traditional dancing followed, showcasing a diversity of talents among community associations, school children, and IDP organizations.  

The highlight of the day was two soccer matches that drew an estimated 500 spectators.  The Mayor, local leaders, and UN Peacekeeping troops presented the winning teams with awards.   

The Fete du Travail (Labor Day) festivities brought together host community members and IDPs in a friendly environment. In addition to supporting social cohesion in Kabo, IOM provides site management and facilitation at the Kabo IDP site and has supported community-driven infrastructure projects, such as rehabilitating the only secondary school in the town and providing public trash cans.