Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 February 2010

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief





Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief



EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, February 11, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Daily Media Brief / 2010-02-10

Security situation in Darfur
The security situation in Darfur remains relatively calm but unpredictable in some parts of the region, particularly in South and West Darfur.

UNAMID military forces conducted 102 patrols including routine, short range, long range, night, and Humanitarian escort patrols, covering 74 villages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps during the reporting period.

UNAMID police advisors also conducted 192 patrols in villages and IDP camps.

Work begins on compensations for victims of Darfur conflict

Today, about one hundred members of the Darfur Compensation Commission (DCC) and the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority (TDRA) came together in El Fasher, North Darfur, with the support of UNAMID’s Rule of Law division to begin working in El Fasher, North Darfur, towards the compensation of victims of the conflict.

At the opening ceremony of the DCC’s workshop entitled “Understanding Compensation under the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA),” senior UNAMID officials joined the Director of the DCC and the Secretary-General of the TDRA in North Darfur in stressing the importance of reparations to the pursuit of justice and sustainable peace in Darfur. “War-affected persons have an inalienable right to have their grievances heard in a comprehensive manner and to receive compensation,” stated Mahmoud Abu Al-Ruzz, Acting Head of the Mission’s North Darfur office.

The legal consultants and government officials participating in the workshop will be familiarised with the DPA’s modalities for compensation and also try to learn lessons from other strife-ridden countries which underwent reparations, such as Sierra Leone.

Chief of UNAMID’s Rule of Law Division, Germain Baricako pointed out that UNAMID is mandated to assist with addressing property and land disputes as well as compensation issues, as per the DPA and any subsequent peace agreement. However he emphasized that the provision of technical assistance and logistical support was only complementary, and that the primary responsibility to implement the DPA and compensation ultimately resided with the Government of Sudan.

UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative visits South Darfur
UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), Henry Anyidoho today travelled to South Darfur’s capital Nyala, accompanied by UNAMID Police Commissioner, Micheal Fryer.

Upon arrival, DJSR Anyidoho paid a courtesy call to the interim Wali (Governor) of South Darfur, Dr. Omer Abdul Gabar. During the visit, the Wali expressed his gratitude at the Mission’s cooperation and outlined some of his office’s priorities, which include providing greater security for the local population as well as the construction of a road between Nyala to Khartoum.  

The DJSR also visited Kalma IDP camp, located about 7 kilometres outside Nyala, to meet with UNAMID Police Advisers stationed at the camp. The delegation was briefed on UNAMID police activities in the region and also heard the concerns of the camp’s internally displaced persons.

More humanitarian assistance pledged to Nertiti, West Darfur

Responding to the urgent needs of newly-displaced persons in Nertiti, 65 kilometres west of Zalingei in West Darfur, UNAMID and other humanitarian agencies have yesterday outlined their plans to increase aid to IDP camps in the region.

Due to inter-factional clashes which broke out in mid-January in and around Jebel Marra, West Darfur, hundreds of people are reported to have fled their homes for nearby IDP camps. Following the report by an inter-agency assessment mission which occurred earlier this week, humanitarian agencies plan to provide much-needed food, water and health care to over 1,200 households to ameliorate the already over-crowded camp conditions.



United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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