Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 May 2009

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief





Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, May 11, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Daily Media Brief, 11 May 2009


Security Situation in Darfur

The security situation during the past 72 hours has been relatively tense in some parts of North Darfur, with shooting reported in the state capital, El Fasher, and relatively calmer in other parts of the region.


Carjacking incidents were reported in both North and South Darfur and a surge of banditry activities targeting UN personnel in North Darfur were also recorded. There has been an increase in burglaries targeting UNAMID staff accommodation. Three cases were recorded last week in which staff members’ houses were broken into and their valuables and personal effects, including cash, were taken away.


There were also reports of sporadic shooting in El Fasher’s main market as a result of clashes involving the Sudanese military and the Central Reserve Force. Two men were later arrested by the Sudanese Government, and there were reports of fatalities during the clashes. A UNAMID investigation patrol was dispatched to the market area and its members spoke with locals about the situation.


UNAMID has also reported fighting over the weekend in the North Darfur town of Umm Baru between the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi wing (SLA/MM). The Mission transported 26 people injured in the fighting to El Fasher for medical treatment at a military hospital.


In the past 24 hours, UNAMID military forces conducted 71 confidence-building patrols, escorts and night patrols in an around camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and villages, while UNAMID Police conducted 129 patrols during the same period.


Spanish Ambassador visits UNAMID

The Ambassador of Spain, Ms. Teresa Daurella de Nadal, and Mr. Luis Miguel Bueno Padilla, the Deputy Chief of Mission, arrived in El Fasher today. The delegation was met by UNAMID Joint Special Representative, Mr. Rodolphe Adada, and other senior officials, who briefed them on security, humanitarian and political developments, as well as UNAMID’s deployment, achievements and challenges.


UN Emergency Relief Coordinator visits UNAMID

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. John Holmes, visited UNAMID Headquarters on 9 May. Mr. Holmes had a meeting with Mr. Adada and other senior Mission officials who briefed on the latest security, humanitarian and political developments in the region.



United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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