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UNAMID spokesperson resigns after 8 months in the post

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April 23, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The spokesperson of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Aicha Elbasri, announced her resignation on Tuesday eight months after her appointment, saying she was blocked from accessing information.

“I resigned from my post because I wasn’t receiving the support I needed in terms of access to information in a timely manner, including the accurate and up-to-date information the media was asking for”, Elbasri told Radio Dabanga.

Violence in the strife-torn Darfur region has continued to escalate since her appointment on 22 August 2012, with reports of looting, killing, bombing, rape and other human rights abuses.

UNAMID has also come under increased criticism amid accusations it was failing in its mandate to protect the lives of civilians.

The Jebel Marra area in North Darfur has been the scene of fierce fighting since January between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes over control of the region’s lucrative gold mines.

The tribal clashes resulted in the mass displacement of an estimated 100,000 people.
In a stark statistic for the strife-torn region, the number of civilians displaced in Darfur by the increase of violence in January is more than the total figures for 2012.

The agency was also in the news last week after a Nigerian peacekeeper was shot dead and two other injured in an attack on the UNAMID base in Muhajeria, East Darfur by unknown assailants on 19 April.

Elbasri, a Moroccan national who speaks three languages, holds a PhD and is a published author and former contributor to several newspapers and magazines in the region.

Her appointment as UNAMID spokesperson was her second posting in Sudan, previously serving as the communications manager for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) between 2005 and 2009.

Before joining UNAMID, Elbasri was the head of publications of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (2010-2012) and also served as a press officer at the news and media division of the department of public information at the UN.

Since her appointment, the agency now provides press statements both in Arabic and English.

UNAMID has yet to make any comment on Elbasri’s resignation.

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  • 24 April 2013 13:42, by Robot

    Elbasri resignation is frustrating to me because this lady seems much concerned about the increase of insecurity in the region and found out that there are some cliques in UNAMID and SAF who mingles information among themselves and bare the honest lady from battling the injustices.... this purely to me shows how our world is... people killed innocence to keep their interest in place,, i applaud

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    • 24 April 2013 13:46, by Robot

      con..
      your resignation, i resemble this with Martha Karua’s resignation, the former minister of Justice in Kenya who fought to see judiciary works in line with the constitution but she was frustrated by his boss (Kibaki) who was appointing chief justice without consultation from her ministry and the parliament... it is pathetic but this moves are sometimes worthy to undertake.

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  • 24 April 2013 14:18, by Oppressor

    Good " coz " UNAMID Personnel are not welcome in Sudan they are just puppets looters looking for their own interest never helped poor in any country ..

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  • 25 April 2013 02:17, by thetermy

    Finally! I couldnt stand anything he would say and I was really upset at his attitude and how he would act in front of people like injury lawyers and others that are interested in arbitration and law.
    None of us like lawyers, but there should be a lot more respect when it comes to these type of people, they are well educated and smart.

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