UN mission works to reconcile Darfur ethnic groups following deadly clashes

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Nigerian soldier of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) greets children during a night patrol

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is supporting mediation efforts between two ethnic groups in North Darfur state following deadly clashes which have displaced thousands of people. 

UNAMID is transporting medical supplies and other critical items to those affected by the violence between the Abbala and Beni Hussein communities earlier this month. 

Citing government figures, it says more than 100 people were killed and an estimated 70,000 others have been displaced since the violence broke out. 

A UNAMID team this week visited three affected villages in North Darfur where urgent needs include health care, water, food and other basic items, shelter and blankets. 

The mission is also conducting security escorts to facilitate humanitarian access to the area in addition to increasing daily patrols in the area most affected by the fighting.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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