Khartoum, Mar 4 (Entravision) .- More than 40,000 people have been displaced from their homes in the troubled region of Darfur, in western Sudan, after new clashes between government forces and rebels, reported today several UN agencies.
The head of the mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sudan, Mario Leto Malanka, said in a statement that the organization maintains close to 20,000 displaced persons in the camps of Kalema and Al Salam, near Nyala, capital of the state of South Darfur.
For its part, the UN World Food Program yesterday stated that around 20,000 civilians fled to the village of Sani Dalib, about 35 kilometers from Nyala.
The joint mission of the United Nations and the African Union in Darfur (UNAMID) reported on Monday that it had received reports of the destruction and burning of villages, and the displacement of many civilians.
Also, reported that the Sudanese authorities did not allow him to enter in conflict zones.
The Sudanese forces have pledged to continue its military campaign to eliminate the rebels of Darfur.
The leader of the so-called troops Quick support, which are part of the security apparatus, Abbas Abdelaziz, said they are “smashed” the fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Northern Sector (MPLS-SN) .
For its part, the leaders of the three main rebel movements in Darfur denounced in a joint statement that the Military offensive by the authorities, which was started last Thursday in the region, has finished with the lives of 200 citizens, has forced the displacement of 20,000 others and the burning of 40 villages.
The chief of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Jibreel Ibrahim, and the leaders of the Movement for the Liberation of Sudan Abdel Nur and Wahib Arc Manaui Peanuts were added in the joint communique that a large number of girls were raped and abducted by government forces, and that tens of thousands of head of cattle were being looted.
considered, in addition, UNAMID has failed in its work and has no “capacity to protect civilians” .
The rebels called for the UN, the European Union and The African Union to provide immediate assistance to those who have had to flee their homes and begin an investigation “urgent and neutral” in order to find out the dimension of what had happened and to bring the perpetrators to the International Criminal Court.
The Darfur conflict began when insurgent groups rose up in arms at the beginning of 2003 against the regime in Khartoum in protest by the poverty and marginalization faced by the inhabitants of this region.
The conflict between rebel movements and the Sudanese army has caused more than 300,000 dead and has forced more than 2.7 million people to flee their communities of origin, according to the latest data from the UN.
The UNAMID is Deployed in the region at the beginning of 2008 and currently has more than 20,000 military, apart from the civilian personnel.