Abyei Fighting Intensifies

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Abyei Fighting Intensifies

The situation in and around the Abyei area remains tense, just days after the SAF took control of the region. The recent upsurge in violence has displaced large numbers of civilians, possibly hundreds of thousands, according to the mission.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Georg Charpentier, along with members of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Since there were no local population residents in Abyei town at the moment he could estimate that between twenty and thirty thousand were on the move.

UNMIS is in the process of deploying an additional company to the area to be completed today. Another company of four Armoured Personnel Carriers was redeployed today to the town of Agok, south of Abyei, where most civilians affected by the conflict fled to.

The Mission has temporarily relocated some of its civilian staff based in Abyei pending a return to normal security conditions.

Initial patrols around the area of conflict suggest that looting and pillaging have left the town badly damaged and empty. No civilian casualties have been observed. Sporadic gunfire persists in the area.

UNMIS is in the process of deploying an additional company to the area to be completed today. Another company of four Armoured Personnel Carriers was redeployed today to the town of Agok, south of Abyei, where most civilians affected by the conflict fled to.

Major General Moses Bisong Obi, the Force Commander of UNMIS met with the leadership of the Sudan Armed Forces and they gave him the assuarances that the UN’s job would not be obstructed, and he said that he was also aware about the risks involved due to the presence of militia men in Abyei.

The Mission has temporarily relocated some of its civilian staff based in Abyei pending a return to normal security conditions.

Last week (19 May), a UN convoy transporting troops of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Joint Integrated Unit came under attack in Dokura, an area just north of Abyei, which was under the control of the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).
Two days later, the SAF attacked and took control of Abyei itself – a move condemned by the Security Council as a breach of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace


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Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 1:30 mins

Country: Sudan

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Directors:

  • Mo Sacirbey UNTV

Producers:

  • Susan Sacirbey