Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 June 2009

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief




Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief



EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, June 8, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Daily Media Brief, 8 June 2009


UNAMID Deputy Force Commander visits West Darfur

The newly appointed UNAMID Deputy Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Duma Mdutyana Dumisani, today travelled to West Darfur on an operational visit. The trip is part of a series of visits across the region since he assumed his duties at the end of last month.


Upon arrival in El Geneina, the state capital, Maj. Gen. Dumisani was met by senior UNAMID officials and briefed on the general security situation. He also met military and police personnel deployed in the region before travelling to Zalingei, also in West Darfur, for further meetings.



UNAMID vehicle convoy arrives in El Fasher after nine-day journey

A fleet of new vehicles for UNAMID has arrived in El Fasher, the headquarters of the Mission, after a nine-day journey by convoy from Khartoum. The convoy, led by UNAMID Police, comprised 21 fuel tankers and 22 other vehicles to be used by the Mission’s staff. It departed Khartoum on 29 May and arrived in El Fasher yesterday after travelling via El Obeid.


Such convoys – there have been 13 in total since June last year – are part of UNAMID Police’s efforts to establish close contacts with the local population along the route and also develop better working relations with the local police.



Security situation in Darfur

The general security situation in Darfur is reported to have been relatively calm during the past 24 hours. But shootings at night within and near camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) by unknown armed men remain a concern.


UNAMID’s military component conducted 54 patrols in and around villages and IDP camps during the past 24 hours, while the Mission’s police component carried out 128 patrols in the same period.



United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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