Attacks on Darfur villages investigated by UN

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Suleiman Abbakar, a displaced man from Gassa, South Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The United Nations is investigating reports of attacks by Arab militia groups last week on at least 19 villages in the Sudanese region of North Darfur.

Darfur is suffering from instability as rebel groups continue to fight government forces and amongst themselves.

UN officials have repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire.

According to the information received from the African Union-UN mission in the region, UNAMID, the attacks led to an unconfirmed number of civilian casualties and destruction of property.

Hundreds of newly-displaced persons also arrived at the Korma IDP camp.

The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General is Stephane Dujarric.

"The Mission is providing protection to the internally displaced persons at Korma camp. And UNAMID has increased confidence-building patrols in the area and is working with humanitarian agencies to address the needs of those displaced."  (19″)

More than 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the south of Darfur since the beginning of the year.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’19″

 

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