Having run out of things to steal in Darfur, the pro-government Arab
tribesmen are increasingly raiding across the border into Chad and the Central
African Republic. Inside Darfur, the Arab marauders have become increasingly
bold and ruthless. UN aid officials, and the relief goods they control, are
increasingly subject to attack, and theft. The UN, the rest of Africa and
the West, continue to talk of military intervention, but they are stopped by
the Arab world, which considers the pro-Arab Sudan government innocent of any
crimes, and merely trying to defend itself from foreign intervention.
10, 2006: The situation in El Fasher (North Darfur) continues to deteriorate.
Government-backed janjaweed Arab militia have taken control of the city. The
Red Cross evacuated workers and staff from Kutum, in North Darfur State.
This was caused by a December 8 incident, when unidentified gunmen attacked
the Red Cross staff residence area in Kutum.
Britain warned Sudan that "alternatives" (ie, policy alternatives) must be
considered if the Sudan government and Darfur rebels do not achieve a
sustainable peace settlement.
9, 2006: Two more people were killed in the town of El Fasher (North Darfur),
by janjaweed militia, after an anti-violence demonstration in the town. At
least ten people have been killed in El Fasher since December 5.
UN has pulled 135 workers (most of them aid workers) out of El Fasher and
the surrounding area. At least 200 UN aid workers remain in the area.
Nuer tribe of south Sudan and other groups in Equatoria state (south Sudan)
signed a Memorandum of Understanding that intends to (quote) " to achieve freedom,
justice, liberty, democracy and chart the course to sustainable peace,
stability and development…" The groups are concerned about government
corruption and tribal favoritism in south Sudan. The memorandum stated that
"tribal chauvinism" is hindering development in the south Sudan. The memo said
that corruption in the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) hinders
development and increases insecurity. The memo can be read as a slap at the
Dinka tribe, since the Dinka make up the largest tribe in the SPLM (and its
military wing, the SPLA). The agreement comes after several months of
increasing tribal conflict in the southern Sudan. The deal was signed the week
after the shootout in Malakal between the SPLA and members of a pro-government
militia left 150 people dead.
8, 2006: The Sudan government accused the "international community" of ignoring
attacks by the National Redemption Front (NRF), the Darfur rebel "umbrella
organization" that did not agree to the May 5 peace deal. Basically, the Sudan
government contends that the NRF and other Darfur rebel groups are supported by
the UN, European nations, and the US.
6, 2006: The UN reported that a janjaweed militia attacked and looted the north
Darfur town of El Fasher on December 4. El Fasher is a city of approximately
200,000 people and is a center for UN and NGO aid operations. It is the capital
of North Darfur State. An African Union report warned that rebels in the NRF
could launch a counter-attack on El Fasher.