SUDAN WATCH: UNAMID: Security situation in Darfur March 26, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

UNAMID: Security situation in Darfur March 26, 2009

From United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
March 26, 2009 Daily Media Brief via APO
Security situation in Darfur

The security situation in Darfur was reported to be relatively calm with few incidents of banditry activities.

A medical officer with an NGO clinic in Khor Abeche, South Darfur, reported that two unknown armed men broke into his house and fled with 2700 Sudanese pounds, a satellite phone and a mobile phone. The incident was reported to Government of Sudan (GoS) Police.

Meanwhile, UNAMID military and police personnel continue to conduct their daily activities including confidence-building patrols, escorts and night patrols. UNAMID Military conducted 23 confidence-building patrols, 14 escort patrols and seven night patrols covering 41 villages and IDP camps. UNAMID Police conducted 88 patrols in and around the villages and IDP camps.

UNAMID facilitates airlift of exam materials to North Darfur schools

UNAMID today assisted in the airlift of exam materials to remote secondary schools located across North Darfur. Three helicopter flights distributed the exam papers for 12 subjects to nine locations around the state, including Umm Kaddada, Kutum and Malha.

This is the second such airlift that UNAMID has conducted for the 2009 certificate examinations, which are being held across Sudan and are scheduled to start on 30 March 2009.

One of the teachers supervising the distribution of the materials, Abdalla Ahmed Bakeet, thanked the Mission for its assistance, which followed a request from the Wali (Governor) of North Darfur.

“These exams are very expensive to organize so it’s very kind of UNAMID to help out with the flights,” he said. “All the people of Darfur thank them.”
Abu Shouk refugee camp

Photo: UNAMID peacekeepers patrol a road at the Abu Shouk refugee camp, near the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan, Thursday, March 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

UNAMID force commander

Photo: UNAMID force commander Gen. Martin Agwai, center salutes his officers, unseen as he leaves after his visit to the Nertiti military base near the southern Darfur town of Nertiti, Sudan Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Gen. Agwai conducted a one day field trip that included two of his operating UNAMID military units in the Darfur remote towns of Kas and Nertiti. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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