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UNAMID to dispatch assessment mission to Darfur’s Jebel Moon


May 18, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The hybrid peacekeeping mission has resumed its security patrols in North Darfur after the end of clashes and plans to send its teams and to escort humanitarian assessment mission to Jebel Moon in West Darfur.

South African soldiers with the United Nations peacekeeping mission patrol the North Darfur village of Kafod in July 2008. (AFP)The restive region witnessed last week bloody fighting between the government forces and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement, in Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur, in Tartar village on Nyala - Al-Dha’ein road in south Darfur and in West Darfur area of Jebel Moon seen as bastion of JEM rebels.

Khartoum announced the capture of Jebel Moon killing 108 rebels and said crashed JEM fighters in South Darfur. The rebels dismissed Khartoum statements saying they had evacuated their bastion voluntarily and won Tartar battle.

However, the UNAMID said on Monday that JEM rebels have pulled out of Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur and setting up a series of assessment missions to the area where Internally Displaced Persons had been affected by the recent clashes and fled to other settlements.

In addition, Noureddine Mezni, UNAMID official spokesperson, told Sudan Tribune the hybrid mission is dispatching soon a verification team to Jebel Moon to assess the security situation there.

"The team will be sent from Kulbus, where UNAMID is present while we have no presence in Jebel Moon" he said. Kulbus is around 50 to 60 km from Jebel Moon area.

UNAMID, furthermore, is also planning to escort this week a humanitarian assessment team to Jebel Moon to assess the needs of the civilians.

He also said UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari is "closely following the situation and the Mission is in daily and direct contact with both Government of Sudan and Justice and Equality Movement".

Gambari has travelled tonight to New York where he will brief on Thursday, 20 May, UNSC on the latest developments in Darfur in the context of the 60 days UNSG report which has been already circulated.


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  • 18 May 2010 23:09, by silake comba

    I would like to make comments on two points with regard to this article. First, we have recieved credible information that, following this recent fighting between JEM and GoS forces, many innocent civilans, mostly herders, have been subjected to looting of their property, including animals, and arrest of people on a mass scale, reportedly, some of the herders were arrested and taken together with their animals to El-Geneina.Most of the animals and properties have been and are still being looted by the tribal militias ( the pro government janjawwed ).In this respect we can remeber how the Wali of North Darfur ( the mean servant of Khartoum) deceived some tribes ( mainly the Zaghawa ) to steal all their properties and sent them to Khartoum. It is in this context that today people from the zaghawa arrested and their animals are being taken away even in areas such as Abu Gamra. This a systematic way of destroying an ethnic group through creating specific conditions. It is agenocide. The United Nations- African Union Mission in Darfurn is legally and morally responsibe to investigate into thiese violations as quickly as possible. Some people were already killed in the process while others have been wounded.
    Human rights groups need to send teams for verification.On the second point I would like to raise the question: why has the peace mission in Darfur failed to establish a prsence in the area of Jebel Moon so far? The Darfur peace mission has a presence in Kulbus and Geneina which are less troubled compared with Jebel Moon. The people in Jebel Moon are they not human beings?
    It can be remembered that those people have been asking for an AMIS prsence since August 2004 when a splinter JEM appeared there. They were promised many times by successive mission leaderships but no fullfilment so far.
    The Jebel Moon urgently needs an established UNAMID presence not mere dispatchment of an assessment team.
    Silake Ali Comba: CAIRO


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