Thursday, January 14, 2010

Security situation in Darfur, W. Sudan, 13 Jan 2010 - UNAMID Statement re earthquake in Haiti

Media brief from the United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) 13 Jan 2010, El Fasher, Darfur, Western Sudan - via APO 14 Jan 2010:
Security situation in Darfur

The security situation in Darfur remains relatively calm but unpredictable.

UNAMID military forces conducted 78 patrols including routine, short range, long range, night, and Humanitarian escort patrols, thereby covering 85 villages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps during the reporting period.

UNAMID police advisors also conducted 106 patrols in villages and IDP camps.

UNAMID conducts Human Rights workshop for El-Geneina lawyers
The UNAMID Human Rights Unit concluded today a two-day workshop for lawyers in El-Geneina.

The event, entitled “Human Rights and Legal Aid for Lawyers,” brought together more than a dozen legal practitioners for training on human rights concepts, values and principles, trial rights, and international legal standards.

UNAMID Head of Office Mr. Abdullah Fadil opened the event, noting that the role of the international community is to assist the local practitioners in the implementation of principles which are global, regardless of faith and culture.

As part of its mandate, UNAMID is tasked with assisting in human rights issues through workshops and capacity building activities targeting government agencies, civil society, IDPs and other stakeholders.

Statement by Acting JSR Henry K. Anyidoho regarding earthquake in Haiti

It is with deep sadness that news of the tragedy of yesterday’s earthquake in Haiti reaches us. I especially wish to extend my deepest sympathy to our Haitian colleagues in UNAMID who are struggling in the aftermath of this tragedy to get information about the safety of their loved ones. Our thoughts are with you and your families. We also remember our colleagues in MINUSTAH during this difficult moment as we have learned of the collapse of the UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince and devastation throughout the country. As the news unfolds on the tragedy in Haiti, the victims of the earthquake are in our prayers and thoughts.
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News just in via email from UK Channel 4 News - Jon Snow's Snowmail 18:30 PM UK GMT, Thursday, 14 January 2010:
Very brief Snowmail tonight I’m afraid. Haiti dominates everything. The Red Cross estimates 40,000-50,000 are dead but they have no certainty on that. There are many places that have not been reached yet. Up to 3 million people are estimated to be injured or displaced. The scale of it all remains unimaginable. Aid is being shipped in as fast as possible. Sarah Smith is on the ground in Port-au-Prince and we have a huge amount of material coming in from everywhere, from the US Navy as they proceed at sea, from the British teams flying in, from satellite imaging which begins to show the areas affected and much else. I've also blogged earlier about the impact on theUN which has long held the ring in Haiti.

Coming to terms with disaster:
Survivors confront the devastation:
Aid supplies arriving:
The rescue race:
No indications of UK casualties:
Tweeting from the disaster zone:
Email from BBC TWO Newsnight by Emily Maitlis, late Thursday afternoon, 14 January 2010 - excerpt:
President Obama has called Haiti a tragedy 'that calls out for American leadership'. And in thus doing he has reported to have put two former presidents in charge of the operation. Clinton and Bush make unlikely bedfellows. (No one, it seems, is mentioning Katrina). But Haiti is a country that barely functions at the best of times. And these are the worst.

Haitians - suffering their most lethal earthquake for two centuries - are digging for survivors with their bare hands. And in such an inaccessible country, the death toll can only be guessed at. Obama has pledged a hundred million dollars - but warned it will take time to get the rescue effort through. Time is already running out.

We hope to be speaking to Bill Clinton on the programme tonight.
Further reading

Click on Haiti label (here below) for news of missing persons and Haitian Earthquake Registry.

Click on Security Situation in Darfur label for previous (and latest) briefings from UNAMID.

1 comment:

tarig said...

Does our Southern Sudan leaders realise that they are the last piece of hope of most Sudanese. The disaster would be if the Southern leaders went into the election with the separation idea in mind. The future of a unified and united Sudan is in the hand of our Southern Sudan leaders. They should keep that in mind!!! Sudanese are no longer trust the Khartoum regime or the other two traditional parties. The lives of millions of the ordinary Sudanese are in hands of our Southern leaders!!!! Hence, they should rise up to the expectations!!!