Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

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Jan. 19: South Darfur police and security officials raided an NGO compound in Nyala, arresting 20 people including UN, AU, and NGO staff gathered for a social event. The UN launched a formal investigation into the incident after five were assaulted and sustained serious injuries while in detention and the UN stated that the recent increase in cases of harassment of aid workers operating in Sudan was unacceptable. [UPI, 1/23]

Jan. 29: A representative from Ghana was appointed as the Chairman of the African Union, replacing a Sudanese delegate on account of the ongoing violence in Darfur. The move by the AU came amid escalating violence in Darfur, and accusations that the Sudanese government was deliberately attacking civilians in the region. [CNN, 1/29]

Feb. 3: The United Nations, in cooperation with several international aid groups, began an operation to assist the return of tens of thousands of refugees from the civil war in the south of Sudan to their homes via convoy. A peace treaty had been signed in 2005 ending the civil war, which had created an estimated four million displaced persons within the country. Upon their return, refugees would be provided with three-month food rations by the World Food Program as well as household items. [VOA, 2/3]

Feb. 25: African Union forces, operating as peacekeepers in the strife-ridden Darfur region, announced that they had observed a marked growth in intra-Arab violence among the pastoral tribes affiliated with the Janjawid militias. AU authorities specifically referred to the massacre of 32 tribespeople in the village of Amar Jadid by militants alleged to have worn government uniforms. …

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