Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 December 2008

Darfur / UNAMID DAILY MEDIA BRIEF 2008-12-18



Darfur / UNAMID DAILY MEDIA BRIEF 2008-12-18


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, December 18, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID DAILY MEDIA BRIEF


Update on assessment visit to South Darfur

On 17 December, a joint UNAMID-OCHA mission visited Buram and Wad Hajam in order to assess the security and humanitarian situation on the ground following the tribal clashes in Wad Hajam on 11 Dec 08. Community leaders confirmed that thirty people, including three policemen were killed in Wad Hajam during the attack. Casualty figures on the Fallata/Salamat side were unknown, as the attackers had taken the bodies with them. Almost the entire village of Wad Hajam was burnt down during the attack, including forty shops in the market. The Umda at Wad Hajam confirmed the Fallata/Salamat attack on Gueigh and three satellite villages including Abu Shamat, which took place on 13 December and allegedly resulted in the death of fifty-eight civilians. 1,265 households are said to have been affected by the violence but remain in the area. Currently the situation is calm but remains unstable.


Arrival of Ethiopian troops to El Geneina, Sector West

UNAMID received the third batch of Ethiopian Infantry Battalion in El Geneina, Sector West, consisting of 105 personnel to join the 313 who arrived on 17 and 18 December 2008.


Nigeria Formed Police Unit (FPU) To Be Deployed In Darfur

Two Nigerian formed police units consisting of 140 each are expected to arrive in Darfur at end of this month, they were previously scheduled to arrive in January 2009.


The Nigerian FPUs will be the fourth and fifth FPUs to be deployed after the Bangladeshi, Nepalese and Indonesians. The units will be deployed to Zalingei and EL-Geneina in Sector West respectively.



SOURCE : United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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