North Darfur villages deserted after clashes

Children in Darfur

A UN-African Union fact-finding mission to five villages in North Darfur found the majority of the homes deserted. The residents were among the 70,000 displaced by recent fighting between Government forces and rebel movements. The inter-agency team led by OCHA, UNAMID and the North Darfur Humanitarian Aid Commission visited villages which lie in a radius of approximately 15 to 30 km from Shangil Tobaya town. Three villages were found to be nearly empty and two were entirely abandoned. Most of the villagers who remained had stayed to tend to their farmland. UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha spoke with Foli Somado-Hemazro of the Human Rights Unit of UNAMID about the mission to the villages.

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