United Nations: Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur Region Displaces Over 100,000 People

by Colonel on January 31, 2013

“Fighting over a gold mine in Sudan’s Darfur region has forced 100,000 people to flee and brought the closure of all public offices and schools in one town to accommodate the displaced. …

Conflict has raged in the vast arid region of Darfur for almost a decade since mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against the Arab government in Khartoum in 2003. …

This month heavy fighting broke out between two Arab tribes over gold in the Jebel Amer area in North Darfur, displacing or severely affecting 100,000 people, the United Nations said.

Some 65,000 people had fled to the town of El Sireaf, the United Nations said. …

The United Nations said it had delivered more than 600 tonnes of food but had been unable to assess the scale of conflict because the authorities had not allowed a U.N. delegation to travel to the affected area.

” – (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Stephen Powell), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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