SUDAN WATCH: More than 210 civilians still seeking shelter near UNAMID camp near Umm Barru, N. Darfur

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More than 210 civilians still seeking shelter near UNAMID camp near Umm Barru, N. Darfur

Peacekeepers at Umm Barru say Sudanese soldiers and allied SLA/MM elements remain in control of their military position near the town following fighting on 25 May 2009 between Sudanese government forces backed by the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi (SLA/MM), a pro-Government faction, and JEM elements. About 350 civilians fled the fighting and gathered around a UNAMID camp in the area.

More than 210 civilians are still seeking shelter near the UNAMID camp and humanitarian assistance, including food, water and tents, is needed to help the displaced. Peacekeepers are also continuing to monitor the situation and provide medical assistance where required.

Source: UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) May 27, 2009 - via APO:
UNAMID Daily Media Brief, 26 May 2009
Relative calm in Umm Barru

UNAMID peacekeepers report that the security situation in the North Darfur town of Umm Barru is relatively calm today, two days after deadly clashes there between Sudanese Government forces and armed elements from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

An unknown number of people were killed and dozens of others seriously injured as a result of the fighting on 25 May between Government forces backed by the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi (SLA/MM), a pro-Government faction, and JEM elements. About 350 civilians fled the fighting and gathered around a UNAMID camp in the area.

UNAMID peacekeepers based near Umm Barru, which is about 100 kilometres from the Chadian border, report that at least seven people – including three civilians – still need to be evacuated for further medical treatment.

More than 210 civilians are still seeking shelter near the UNAMID camp and humanitarian assistance, including food, water and tents, is needed to help the displaced. Peacekeepers are also continuing to monitor the situation and provide medical assistance where required.

UNAMID reports that while the security situation in the affected area is relatively calm today, it is also unpredictable. Peacekeepers at Umm Barru say Sudanese soldiers and allied SLA/MM elements remain in control of their military position near the town following the fighting.

Sunday’s clashes represent the second time in eight days that JEM elements have attacked a Sudanese military position in North Darfur. On 16 May, they attacked Government forces based near the town of Kornoi.

UNAMID leadership meets United States Senators


The leadership of UNAMID today met a visiting United States Senate delegation, including Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) and Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), to discuss the situation in Darfur.

Led by the Joint Special Representative, Mr. Rodolphe Adada, the Mission’s senior civilian, military and police officials briefed the Senate delegation on the ongoing work and deployment of UNAMID, recent security and humanitarian developments on the ground in Darfur and UNAMID’s efforts to reduce sexual- and gender-based violence.

1 Comments:

Blogger Mahid said...

with the shortage in aid agency, this is not the time for a new conflict to start, i hope they are able to manage all of these people around the UNAMID Camp

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