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250 Killed, Over 100,000 Displaced As Violence Surges in Darfur, UN Refugee Agency Says

250 Killed, Over 100,000 Displaced As Violence Surges in Darfur, UN Refugee Agency Says
A sharp uptick in intercommunal violence in Sudan's Darfur region has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety, including many into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday.

p A sharp uptick in intercommunal violence in Sudan's Darfur region has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety, including many into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday." A vast, strife-torn region Darfur, a vast region roughly the size of Spain and plagued by violence for years, was the site of a United Nations-African Union hybrid peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) that was deployed to protect civilians, facilitate aid delivery, and support efforts to address root causes of the conflict.'Break the cycle of violence' Authorities in the region have been attempting to contain the situation and have deployed security forces to the area but "severe gaps" in protection remain, according to the UN human rights office.She also called for thorough and effective investigations into the violence to bring the perpetrators to justice and "to break the cycle of armed citizens taking the law into their own hands to avenge attacks on members of their communities.

However, an "imminent risk" of further violence remains, in an environment "where decades-old ethnic and tribal tensions that were further stoked by the previous regime continue to fester", OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said at the same briefing.The OHCHR spokesperson called on the Government of Sudan to protect of civilians as well as restore public order and the rule of law in Darfur.

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