Concern voiced about escalating violence in Darfur

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A woman with her child take shelter under a cart in the Al Salam IDP camp near Nyala, South Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Authorities in Sudan have been urged to take robust measures to protect civilians and humanitarian workers as conflict escalates in Darfur.

The appeal has come from two United Nations and African Union officials who say they are deeply concerned about the increasing violence in the troubled region.

Joseph Mutaboba, the Deputy Joint African Union – United Nations Special Representative for Darfur, and Ali Al-Za'tari, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, issued a joint statement on Thursday.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more.

"Mr. Mutaboba and Mr. Al- Za'atari said that, in the last month, a wave of violence has been underway in Darfur, affecting tens of thousands of people. Since the beginning of 2014, more than 215,000 people in Darfur have been displaced from their homes. They add that it is particularly troubling that, in the face of this violence, the UN and the humanitarian community at large are being increasingly constrained from helping the majority of those affected. Due to the access restrictions and security constraints placed upon humanitarian agencies, even monitoring the number of people who have been displaced from their homes is increasingly challenging."(29")

Thousands of people have been displaced in Darfur since fighting broke out in 2003 between rebel groups and government forces and their allied militiamen known as Janjaweed.

The joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is helping to protect civilians and assist negotiations to find a political solution to the crisis in Darfur.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

Duration: 1’26″

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