UNAMID helping to de-escalate Darfur tension


The joint UN-AU hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) is working with Sudanese and local authorities to de-escalate tensions following violent incidents in two towns, including a deadly attack on a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The peacekeeping mission reported violence in Kutum in North Darfur, on Sunday, while nine people were killed and 20 others injured when unidentified armed men attacked the Fato Borno IDP camp the following morning.

Protestors, mainly IDPs, staged sit-ins at government buildings to demand improved security in the region, according to media reports.

UNAMID condemned the loss of life, injuries and damage to government buildings.

“Farming seasons in Darfur witnessed similar occurrences previously, it is regrettable these incidents happened while the Sudan transitional government and armed movements are close to concluding negotiations expected to bring peace and stability,” the mission said.

UNAMID dispatched additional personnel to the area and intensified patrols to ensure safety and protection of IDPs.

The mission also engaged community leaders and urged all to exercise restraint.

A UNAMID patrol team entered Fata Borno IDP camp and recovered the bodies of the nine people.

Peacekeepers evacuated injured IDPs by road to Kutum, where they were admitted to a mission hospital overnight for stabilisation and further assessment.

At the request of government, the mission evacuated 13 critically injured people by air to the state capital, El Fasher.