KHARTOUM, May 30 (Xinhua) — Despite the decrease in the number of fatalities resulting from violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, yet continued fighting and increased criminal activities still concern the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which is tasked with peacekeeping in the region.
“Compared with 2010, that the number of fatalities arising from direct confrontations between the government and the armed movements has decreased significantly, some will even say up to 70 percent. Similarly, the number of fatalities arising from the conflict over resources between the nomads and the farmers, has gone down almost the same, about 70 percent,” the Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID, Ibrahim Gambari, said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.
“However, that does not give confidence that all of Darfur is now secured and at peace,” he added.
The UNAMID chief expressed concern over the criminal activities and continuation of fighting at intermittent areas in the region, saying “the criminal activities seem to be on the increase and also fighting has not stopped throughout Darfur. We still have areas where fighting are going on, for example, Jabel Marrah.”
“When there is fighting, we are affected, because we have to conduct our patrols and protect the civilians