Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 January 2009

Darfur / UNAMID Daily briefing



Darfur / UNAMID Daily briefing


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, January 5, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Daily briefing

UNAMID Force Commander Visit Sector South


UNAMID Force Commander, General Martin Luther Agwai, today paid an official visit to the newly arrived Bangladeshi Multi-role Logistics Company and Pakistan Level III Hospital in Sector south. The contingents arrived in Darfur last month to be part of UNAMID.


Nigerian Battalion, Chinese and Pakistan Engineering Companies and Bangladeshi and Nepalese Formed Police Units are deployed in Sector South.


Car-jacking in Sector South


On 3 January 2009, a UNAMID vehicle carrying six members of the Nigerian Battalion was car-jacked by about 10 unknown armed men. The vehicle travelling from UNAMID Super Camp was on its way to Sector south headquarters in Nyala when it was intercepted by the car-jackers. The car-jackers ordered the personnel out of the vehicle and drove away seizing three rifles and 180 rounds of ammunition in the process.


The car was later recovered between Duma and Omseyallah villages, about 28km north of Khartoum by Governments of Sudan Military after an exchange of gun fire with the car-jackers. The car-jackers were reported to have abandoned the car and ran away with the riffles and rounds of ammunitions.


Discovery of UXO in El Fasher


On 3 January 2009, UNAMID received information that an explosive device had been planted by unknown persons inside the Pacific Architectural & Engineering (PAE) Compound in El Fasher. A team of UNAMID military, Mine Action and United Nations Department of Safety & Security (UNDSS) officials were dispatched to the scene and the explosive device was deactivated.


Reconciliation meeting between Falatta and Habaniya Tribes in Buram


25 December 2008, UNAMID Sector South reported that a reconciliation meeting was held between the Falatta and Habaniya tribes at Al Kalifa Abolulloh Hall in Nyala town. The meeting was attended by the Wali (Governor) of South Darfur who expressed his appreciation to UNAMID for their quick intervention at both Wada-Hajam and Tomat villages where clashes took place. The Wali expressed readiness to provide necessary financial assistance for the continuation of the talks and appealed to both tribes to come up with concrete solutions to the conflict.


The meeting was also attended by 40 members from each tribe including officials from the Government institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).


Nigeria Formed Police Unit Arrive in Darfur


On 28 December 2008, UNAMID received two contingents from the Nigerian Formed Police Unit (FPU) consisting of 140 personnel each.

This brings the total number of FPUs to five, after the Bangladeshi, Indonesian and Nepalese units. At full strength UNAMID will have a total of 19 FPU units.

Nigerian FPU’s will be deployed in Zalingei and El-Geinena in Sector West respectively.



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



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