Zalingei, Sudan (UNA-OIC) – The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed deep concern about the violent incidents that erupted in Kutum town on 12 July and the attack by unidentified armed men on the Fata Borno IDP Camp on the morning of 13 July 2020, which left 9 IDPs dead and 20 injured.
In a statement published on its website on Tuesday, the Mission condemned the loss of life, and injuries and expressed regret over the physical damage to government buildings and private property caused by such violent acts.
It is regrettable that these incidents have taken place while the Sudanese transitional government and the armed movements are close to concluding negotiations expected to bring peace and stability, and the promise of prosperity to the Darfur region and the whole of Sudan, read the statement.
UNAMID said that is has been working closely with the relevant Sudanese authorities and communities to de-escalate tensions in order to prevent further loss of life.
The Mission has further dispatched additional Formed Police Units (FPU) to the area, intensified patrols in and around the hot spots areas to ensure the safety and protection of the IDPs. It has also been engaging community leaders, urging them and all parties to exercise restraint.
According to the statement, on 13 July, a UNAMID patrol team from Kutum managed to enter the Fata Borno IDP camp and recovered the remains of nine people and found up 20 injured people. The Mission’s FPU evacuated the injured by road to the Kutum team site, where they were admitted at the Level-1 hospital overnight for stabilization and further assessment.
It added that, upon the request of the government, UNAMID dispatched an Air Medical Team to Kutum to stabilize and evacuate 13 critically injured individuals to El Fasher, s the capital city of North Darfur state.
“The Mission continues to closely work with the relevant authorities at the local, state and federal levels to restore calm and prevent further eruptions of violence in its area of responsibility,” the statement concluded.