UN: Clashes in Sudan’s Darfur displace 40,000

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, that around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur State in recent days, following intercommunal clashes.

A refugee camp holding thousands of displaced Darfurians/Sudanese in the aftermath of war in the western part of Sudan. A long history of civil war, local tensions, government distrust, and new environmental pressures have scarred the country and brought about “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Photography: Origins

Last week, at least 48 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in tribal fighting in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur. The violence grew out of a skirmish late in December between two people, one of whom, an Arab, was stabbed to death.

The clashes have killed a total of 54 people and wounded dozens, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“Violence between communities in and around El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur State, had reportedly killed at least 54 people, injured 60 and displaced 40,000, since 28 December”, OCHA Spokesperson Jens Laerke told reporters in Geneva, adding that humanitarian partners were working to verify the displacement figures.

He said that those displaced within the province had taken refugee in schools and government buildings.

In a similar report, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNHt UNHCR teams had identified at least 3,700 people, including more than 2,000 women and 500 children under-five, who had crossed the border between West Darfur and Chad.

“The conditions were dire, and most refugees were staying out in the open; food and water were urgently needed”, Mahecic said.

The call for peace

More than 300,000 people died during the conflict between rebels and pro-government militias that began in 2003.

Sudanese government and nine rebel groups in December, 2019 signed a deal on trajectory towards ending the bloody conflict in the Darfur region. The agreement outlines different issues the parties will need to negotiate during the latest round of talks in Juba.

Hamdan Daglo Hemetti of the Sovereign Council and several senior civilian and military officials, January 5, ended discussions in El Geneina with the tribal leaders who pledged to not resume clashes.

Ten years ago the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Bashir on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. After more than 30 years in power, Bashir was ousted earlier this year following mass protests.

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