UN Humanitarian News Service (IRIN East Africa)
20 October 2008
DALI - It is an ordinary morning at the water pump in Dali town, North Darfur. Children splash around in the water; women argue over whose turn is next. An armoured personnel carrier makes its way through the sand, six other UN vehicles following closely behind.
The convoy stops in this quiet clearing. Armed peacekeeping troops pour out of their trucks, forming a large circle around the water pump. Unarmed military and police approach the locals.
"What is the situation here? Any incidents in the last week?" Nepalese Maj. Prem Thapa, a military observer with the African Union/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), asks one villager through a translator.