New York, Jan 4 2011 11:10AM
The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan's
war-torn Darfur region (UNAMID) is maintaining "a robust presence on
the ground" to ensure the safety of thousands of people displaced by
In an update on the fighting that erupted last month between the
Government and rebel movements, UNAMID said today that security in all
affected areas in North and South Darfur was reported to be calm, with
the resumption of public transportation to some locations. Aid
continues to reach the thousands of displaced people, many of whom
have sought shelter outside nearby UNAMID team sites, it added.
The mission is also looking into reports of inter-tribal violence
between the Misseriya and Rizeigat communities in West Darfur.
UNAMID was set up to protect civilians and quell the violence in
Darfur, where nearly seven years of fighting between the Government,
its militia supporters and rebel groups seeking greater benefits for
the vast region, has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7
million others from their homes.
The latest fighting erupted in December between Government troops and
forces of the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi (SLA/MM).