Monday, March 16, 2009

Darfur Violence Displaces 1,000 People a Day, UN Chief Ban Says

Bloomberg News
22 October 2008

KHARTOUM - Fighting in Sudan's Darfur region is displacing 1,000 civilians a day and the United Nations-led peacekeeping force is unable to quell the violence, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said.

More than 230,000 civilians have fled their homes in 2008 due to violence in Darfur, where fighting between rebel and government troops has raged for almost six years, Ban said in his latest report to the UN Security Council, released yesterday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, puts that number at 300,000.

The joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, known as Unamid, is being hampered by the government through multiple customs checks, long delays at checkpoints and bureaucratic constraints in issuing visas, Ban said. The Sudanese armed forces threatened to shoot down UN aircraft that do not comply with flight timetables, he said.

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