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Darfur Peace Keepers Under Threat From Khartoum Govt
PROFARMS | October 16, 2013 at 09:00 amby
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Darfur (Unamid), saying its presence contributes to
insecurity in the area.
The threat came two days after three Unamid
Senegalese peacekeepers were killed in a fresh
ambush by unidentified gunmen.
The Sudanese armed forces battled the attackers,
killing two of them near Al-Gineina city in west
Darfur. Four Sudanese soldiers were also killed.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the governor of
East Darfur State, Mr Abdel Hamid Musa Akasha, said
Unamid has failed to protect itself and has no
capacity to bring peace in the region. He called for a
review of the Unamid mandate and an evaluation of
its performance in peacekeeping.
“If it is not capable of protecting itself and its forces
then it cannot be able to stabilise the area. As such,
we have trust in our forces because they have the
capacity and capability” the governor argued.
“If the Unamid provides our armed forces with these
big and heavy weapons we would be able to crate
stability in Darfur and provide security to the people”
He charged that Unamid had become one of the main
sources of supplies and weapons for the rebel
movements in Darfur. According to him, this was
because it was an easy target to loot whatever the
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with the
US and the European Union, have condemned the
attack and asked the Sudanese government to
prosecute the culprits.
Unamid officials did not comment on the Sudanese
A new wave of violence in Darfur has forced the
imposition of a curfew on the biggest city in the
The Khartoum government says it has sent more
troops to the troubled region.
A Zambian Unamid officer was also killed last Friday
by three armed men in Alfahir, in northern Darfur.
Last July, seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed
and 17 others wounded when unidentified gunmen
attack them in the region.
Unamid soldiers continue to suffer such attacks from
unknown gunmen in the region, where insurgent
groups have been fighting for a decade and where
tribal violence forced over 300,000 civilians to flee
According to a report the joint UN-AU mission
released last July, Unamid strength stands at 14,800,
including 14,139 troops, 324 staff officers, 253
military observers and 84 liaison officers.
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