UN team helps to reconcile rival ethnic groups in North Darfur

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Efforts are underway to restore stability to reduce friction between two rival ethnic communities in the Darfur region of Sudan, according to the joint United Nations-African Union mission there, known as UNAMID.

UNAMID says that on 21 August its team went to Mellit in North Darfur to meet with leaders of the Ziyadiah and Berti communities following recent clashes between the two.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

According to UNAMID, disagreements between the Ziyadiah and Berti ethnic communities resulted in violent clashes last week in which at least six people were reportedly killed and 12 others injured.

The head of the UNAMID Office in North Darfur, Hassan Gibril, who led the team that visited Mellit, expressed deep concern about the tragic events.

He said Mellit is known for the peaceful coexistence among all the various ethnic communities, and expressed the hope that this reputation will continue.

Local leaders assured UNAMID that what happened last week was a series of isolated incidents and local communities have moved quickly to contain the situation.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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