Since then, UNAMID leadership has visited the camp on a regular basis. During the most recent visit by the Joint Special Representative on 19 October, the IDPs expressed their gratitude and requested additional UNAMID presence in the camp. The Mission is now providing round-the-clock presence in and around the camp.
UNAMID reiterates that while the alleged presence of weapons in the Kalma camp is a real security concern, any action to be taken to address the issue needs to conform to international humanitarian law. The Mission exhorts the IDP community to ensure that their camps are, and remain, free of weapons.
UNAMID is mandated to ensure the protection of civilians in Darfur, including the IDPs. The Mission continues to work with the Government of Sudan and the IDPs in order to improve living conditions in the camp. UNAMID also strives to create conditions conducive to the voluntary return of IDPs to their homes.