Head of UNAMID calls for restraint in Darfur

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Kalma camp. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

The head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has called for restraint in the largest camp for internally displaced persons in the region.

According to reports, tensions flared up about two weeks ago when a team of Sudanese police entered Kalma camp and drove down a road separating sectors of the camp.

A group internally displaced persons, mostly young people demonstrated in front of a UNAMID's Community Policing Centre and stoned it.

Ashraf Eissa is UNAMID Spokesperson.

"Of particular concern to the mission and the head of mission at the moment is the current state of tension in Kalma camp which is the largest IDP camp in Darfur, that there is ongoing tension between IDPs and the state authorities. And, in this regard, the head of mission Mr. Ibn Chambars has called on the parties to exercise restraint." (25")

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced in Darfur since the conflict broke out in 2003 between rebel fighters and government forces supported by Janjaweed militias.

Mr. Chambas said the intensity of the conflict between the armed movements and the government has reduced significantly in Darfur since the beginning of the year.

However, he added, there has been an upsurge of criminality in the region.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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