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10 Aug 2018 description

E l Geneina: UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), Ms. Anita Gbeho recently, concluded a two-day visit to Sector West. This is her first working visit to West Darfur since she assumed duty as DJSR in May 2018.

Upon her arrival in El Geneina, Ms. Gbeho paid a courtesy call on the State Wali (Governor), Mr. Hussein Hammad at his office, with whom she exchanged various points of view as part of her efforts to enhance cooperation with local authorities and discuss the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2429 (2018).

23 Dec 2016 description

El Fasher, 20 December 2016 – Three staff members of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) who were abducted in El Geneina, West Darfur, on 27 November 2016, were freed on 19 December.

Sarun Pradhan and Ramesh Karki, both nationals of Nepal, and Musa Omer Musa Mohamed, a citizen of Sudan, are unharmed and are undergoing medical checks.

07 Jan 2016 description

El Fasher, 07 January 2016 – A UNAMID patrol was ambushed today by an unidentified armed group near Anka, North Darfur, approximately 55 kilometers north of Kutum.

The perpetrators, who greatly outnumbered UNAMID’s peacekeepers, seized one machine gun, four rifles and rounds of ammunition. One peacekeeper was injured in the incident.

UNAMID condemns such attacks on its personnel. The Mission is working closely with the relevant Sudanese authorities to investigate the incident.

04 Aug 2015 description

El Fasher, 26 July 2015--A UNAMID Civil Affairs Officer, abducted in Nertiti, Central Darfur, was freed today at around 14:15 p.m. after 5 days in captivity. The Sudanese national, Mr Isam Adam Abduljabar, was seized by a group of unidentified armed men, approximately 4 kilometers away from Mission’s Nertiti team site on 21 July 2015.

Mr Abduljabar was freed by his kidnappers near the same team site this afternoon. Upon his arrival, he was immediately taken into the team site’s clinic for thorough medical examination. He appears to be unharmed and in good health.

29 Jun 2015 description

On 5 June 2015, UNAMID peacekeepers from South Africa rescued the driver of a World Food Programme (WFP) truck which was ambushed by unknown armed men aboard a gun-mounted vehicle 55 kilometers south-west of the Mission’s Team Site in Kutum, North Darfur, a day earlier. The truck was part of a UNAMID and WFP convoy which was travelling in two groups. One of the groups pursued the assailants immediately but was unable to apprehend them, at the time.

18 Sep 2014 description

15 September 2014 - It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to this press conference today. This is my first press conference since I joined the mission earlier this year. We however met briefly a couple of times before during UNAMID events, including during the Press conference our head of mission held last August.

I also had the privilege of meeting many of you during my previous assignment in Sudan. It is a privilege for me to be with you again here in Khartoum and shall be looking forward to make this meeting with the media on a more regular basis.

19 Aug 2014 description

By Sharon Lukunka

The decade-long conflict in Darfur has resulted in thousands of people being displaced from their homes and villages across the region. Most seek shelter in camps for the internally displaced; these camps lack basic amenities such as food, water, shelter and access to proper sanitation as well as healthcare. Humanitarian aid, thus, becomes a crucial need for the displaced populations.

25 Jul 2014 description

yala, 25 July 2014 – A staff member with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mr. Felix Ngoma, who was abducted in Nyala, South Darfur, on 6 July 2014, was freed today after 20 days in captivity.

Mr. Ngoma, a Zambian national, appears to be unharmed and in good condition. He will soon be flown back to his home country via Khartoum.

20 Jul 2014 description

UNAMID Head Briefs AU Peace and Security Council on Darfur

On 9 July 2014, UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas briefed the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on the recent developments in Darfur, the mediation efforts and the implementation of the strategic review of UNAMID.

02 Feb 2014 description

Addis Ababa, 2 February 2014— Concerns over delays in deployment of personnel and equipment to the African Union—United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were the primary focus of discussion of the seventeenth meeting of the Tripartite Coordination Mechanism on UNAMID. The forum was held on 2 February at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the margins of the African Union Summit.

26 Nov 2013 description

N'Djamena, 26 November 2013 – The AU-UN Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, met with Chadian President Idriss Déby in N'Djamena on 25 November.

19 Nov 2013 description

Following clashes between Salamat and Misseriya in Central Darfur which left dozens of casualties in the past weeks, the African Union-United Nation Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) facilitated the travel of the Wali (Governor) of Central Darfur and the State Security Committee, accompanied by a team of UNAMID officials, to Um Dukhun on 17 November 2013 to mediate between the two tribes.

25 Apr 2013 description


I'm pleased to introduce the March issue of Voices of Darfur, which continues in the 32-page format, giving the magazine the ability to tell the story of UNAMID and the people of Darfur with more in-depth coverage. The current issue, like other recent issues of Voices, contains news, features and interviews not only about unique aspects of life in Darfur but also about UNAMID’s ongoing efforts to facilitate lasting peace in the region.

29 Nov 2012 description


I’m pleased to introduce the November issue of Voices of Darfur, which continues in the new 32-page format, giving the magazine the ability to tell the story of UNAMID and the people of Darfur with more in-depth coverage. The current issue, like other recent issues of Voices, contains news, features and interviews not only about unique aspects of life in Darfur but also about UNAMID’s ongoing efforts to facilitate lasting peace in the region.

21 Aug 2012 description

El Fasher, 21 August 2012 - The African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that two of its peacekeepers have gone missing on 20 August in North Darfur. The incident, which took place in the town of Kabkabiya, located approximately 140 kilometers west of El Fasher, is being investigated by the Mission and the Government of the Sudan.

UNAMID will convey more details as they become available.

23 Apr 2012 description

One of the four formed police unit (FPU) from Togo, who sustained injures following an attack by unidentified gunmen on 20 April, was announced dead yesterday in UNAMID hospital.

FPU were on a routine patrol about 70 kilometres southeast of El Geneina, West Darfur, when they came under gunfire.

21 Apr 2012 description

El FASHER—A UNAMID formed police unit patrol (FPU) from Togo was attacked by unidentified gunmen on 20 April just before noon while on a routine patrol. The team of 32 officers had been patrolling in the Sisi internally displaced persons camp and were returning to their base camp in Mourne, West Darfur, about 70 kilometres southeast of El Geneina, when men armed with AK-47 rifles attacked them, injuring two FPU members.

12 Apr 2012 description

Khartoum, 12 April 2012 - The last time we met, I briefed you on several of the major developments and challenges in Darfur. Now, six months later, I am using this opportunity to once again update you on the work of UNAMID and the situation in Darfur.

Today, I will highlight UNAMID’s role in bringing about peace to the region and the obstacles we face.

I will start with the security situation as there can be no peace without stability.

29 Feb 2012 description

29 February 2012- An ambush today by unknown gunmen on an African Union – United Nations Mission (UNAMID) patrol in South Darfur has left one peacekeeper dead and three injured.

The incident, in which the peacekeepers returned fire, took place at approximately 16:00 hours near Shearia town, located roughly 90 kilometres northeast of Nyala, South Darfur.

When further information is available, it will be communicated.

19 Jan 2012 description

After delays that threatened to set back the Darfur peace process in latter half of 2011, the first weeks of 2012 brought a rush of activity in support of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, signed by the Government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement.

“Darfur is closer to comprehensive peace today than it has ever been before,” Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari told staff assembled for the year’s first town hall meeting on 18 January.