Unamid protects newly displaced in North and South Darfur
The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (Unamid) is protecting newly displaced people who gathered near the Mission’s bases in Mellit, North Darfur, and Khor Abeche in South Darfur, and is assisting the humanitarian community in delivering aid to them.
Since 1 April 2014, more than 2,000 people, mostly women and children, arrived at Unamid’s base in Mellit, an information note issued by Unamid today (Monday) states.
The people, who came from Bowa and other villages located about 50km northeast of Mellit, said that their villages were attacked by armed groups suspected to be members of Rapid Support Forces and militia elements at the end of March. They reported that the attackers killed an unspecified number of people, stole their livestock, and set their homes on fire. The newly displaced also reported that on their way to Mellit, they saw other villages, including Hadi, Sani Haya and Wadi Bur, already burnt.
Unamid peacekeepers are providing the newly displaced with water and medical assistance. On 6 April, an inter-agency team visited Mellit to assess the situation and provided about 1,000kg of humanitarian items, such as plastic sheets, sleeping mats, water bladders, chlorine tablets, soap and high-energy biscuits for children.
In Unamid’s team site of Khor Abeche, South Darfur, about 3,000 newly displaced have received food and other aid from the humanitarian community. Unamid peacekeepers continue to provide them with potable water and healthcare services.
A team of Unamid engineers are working to secure the Khor Abeche camp located next to the team site. When completed, it will have a secure perimeter covering an area of 70,000 square metres, watch towers, solar lights, two community centres, and latrines. The displaced currently residing inside Unamid’s base will be able to settle in the near future in this secure area, which is designed to provide them with enhanced physical protection.
File photo: Newly displaced at the Unamid Khor Abeche team site (Albert González Farran/ Unamid)
RSF attacks in Baashim, North Darfur (30 March 2014)
Khor Abeche camp in South Darfur laid waste (23 March 2014)
Rebel forces claim control of Mellit, North Darfur (13 March 2014)