Sudan: Senseless Slaughter Continues


June 14, 2006: Pro-government militias continue to raid at will in Darfur, and across the border into Chad as well (where over 200,000 Sudanese refugees live in UN administered camps).

June 13, 2006: The UN said that the security situation in Darfur's Habila area threatened refugee operations. Gunmen wearing "military uniforms" attacked a UN office and wounded a guard.

A combined UN-African Union (AU) assessment team arrived in Darfur. The UN wants to take over the peacekeeping mission in Darfur. The AU force has not been able to stop fighting among Sudanese forces, Islamist militias, and rebel factions.

Ugandan LRA rebels attacked near the town of Juba in south Sudan, killing nine civilians. It was believed that two of the dead were Russian construction engineers. The LRA denied that it had conducted the attack.

June 11, 2006: The Sudan government amnesty for the rebel groups that signed the May 5 Darfur peace agreement (the Abuja Peace Agreement).

June 10, 2006: UN, AU, and government officials met in the capital to discuss the proposed UN takeover of the Darfur peacekeeping mission. The government is against UN control --its critics say because the UN would be far move effective than the AU. UN leadership would most likely mean the deployment of Western European infantry. Quality infantry supported by attack helicopters would likely stop Islamist militias who operate on horseback and in wheeled vehicles.

June 8, 2006: Splinter factions of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) said they would sign the May ABuja Darfur peace agreement. The JEM faction is led by Khalil Ibrahim. The SLM/A dissident faction is led by Abdelwahid al-Nur (hence the name the al-Nur faction).


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