Uprooted Sudanese face further displacement

Sudanese refugee children press up against a fence in Djabal refugee camp near Gozbeida southern Chad on March 15, 2009. United Nations forces took over command from European Union peacekeepers here Sunday to protect refugees and displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic. The EU's EUFOR troops swapped their berets for the UN peacekeeping ones in in the eastern Chadian town of Abeche in a symbolic handover ceremony attended by senior officials and diplomats, including French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Some 5,200 peacekeepers from the UN's MINURCAT mission are now charged with protecting refugees from Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region and people displaced by a rebel insurgency in Chad and northern Central African Republic, though roughly 2,000 members of the European force will remain for a few more months under the UN beret until African and Nepalese units arrive. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN

Sudanese refugee children press up against a fence in Djabal refugee camp near Gozbeida southern Chad on March 15, 2009. United Nations forces took over command from European Union peacekeepers here Sunday to protect refugees and displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic. The EU’s EUFOR troops swapped their berets for the UN peacekeeping ones in in the eastern Chadian town of Abeche in a symbolic handover ceremony attended by senior officials and diplomats, including French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Some 5,200 peacekeepers from the UN’s MINURCAT mission are now charged with protecting refugees from Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and people displaced by a rebel insurgency in Chad and northern Central African Republic, though roughly 2,000 members of the European force will remain for a few more months under the UN beret until African and Nepalese units arrive. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN

From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
HARTOUM, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of people that have fled fighting in their localities are at further risk of displacement in South Sudan as government forces prepare an offensive against armed groups in the area the refugees have found refuge.
Government forces are planning military offensives towards Aburoc on the west bank of the River Nile where are up to 50 000 displaced people have settled.
Most have spent days walking terrifying journeys of up to 150 kilometres only to find the areas now controlled by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO).
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, (Thursday) urged Government of South Sudan to halt attacks on
the area.
“Civilians in Aburoc are at serious and imminent risk of gross human
rights violations, inter-ethnic violence and re-displacement,” Zeid said.
These are women, children and men at the mercy of military commanders, on both sides of the political divide, who have consistently shown little or no regard for the protection of civilians.

South Sudan, Africa’s newest country that gained independence in 2011, is gripped by a conflict that has left 300 000 civilians dead.

The conflict emanated from a fallout of the country’s leaders in 2013 andescalated last year.
– CAJ News

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