Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

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Jan. 23: The number of displaced persons in the Darfur region in 2013 increased to 400,000 - double the number for the previous two years combined, according to a senior United Nations (UN) official in the Department of Peacekeeping. The report also claimed that attacks on African Union and UN peacekeepers in the region had increased as well. [NYT, 1/23]

Feb. 2: The government ordered the Red Cross to immediately halt its operations in the country. A government official said that the order was in response to the Red Cross's failure to follow the state's guidelines on humanitarian efforts. Sudan had a long and contentious relationship with aid organizations - it expelled four aid groups from the country in 2012, and severely restricted access to conflict zones in previous years. [NYT, 2/3]

Mar. 9: Attacks throughout Darfur caused 40,000 people to flee their homes over the past week, and the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported that violence was spreading and intensifying. Much of the violence centered on a force of an estimated 6,000 mercenaries that was accused of attacking and looting towns in south Darfur. …

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