Weekly Report Brief Government’s battles with UNAMID and “Paris Declaration” forces
Khartoum newspapers are still publishing reactions of the Sudanese government on the issue of the rape of 200 women and girls in Tabit village, as newspapers had also published news over the ongoing negotiations in Addis Ababa, between the Sudanese government and the forces of ‘Paris Declaration’ on one platform with two paths, under the auspices of the African mediation, led by the former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, where the government is negotiating with Sudan people’s Liberation Movement/ North (SPLM/N) and Darfuri movements. In the meantime, 15 people were killed and 11 were injured, by government militia, in an attack at “Hamada” village, 85 km north-east of the city of Nyala -South Darfur state.
The government which has denied the events of Tabit village rapes, began to practice clear pressure on the joint mission of the United Nations and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur “UNAMID”, where the Sudanese government has asked the UNAMID to prepare an exit plan, that was days after refusal to grant UNAMID access permit, to carry out a second visit to Tabit village. Sudan’s government also closed a human rights office belonging to UNAMID on Monday. The government further, revealed other reports on abuses and crimes that confirm the involvement of UNAMID soldiers, in rapes of women, reiterating that their competent authorities had monitored across years, the involvement of “UNAMID” soldiers, in incidents of rape of women, sexual harassment and scary stories to exploit the girls, without the UNAMID mission intervention to take any action against those involved, either through punishment or deportation, as said by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs D. Abdullah Al-Azraq, who renewed and emphasized the government’s decision about departure of UNAMID as “calculated”, confirming that the government’s decision has come after discussions that have lasted for years between the State Department and the United Nations, but he denied that this decision is a reaction to the rape allegations at Tabit village.
In reality, without Tabit incidents, the government wouldn’t have revealed those reports in which UNAMID was accused of such crimes. Furthermore, a newspaper quoted some statements by the Minister of Health on combating the epidemic of Ebola by restricting the movement of UNAMID soldiers, the same newspaper quoted that, undisclosed sources from Environmental Health Management, in Jabal Awliya locality, 40 kilometers south of Khartoum, received tens of containers belonging to UNAMID, which contain expired food items and include all kinds of meat, fruit, milk and juices. The newspaper has linked this news with the amount of the UNAMID mission annual budget, which reaches one billion and 341 million dollars, where about 58 to 80% of that budget, are the administrative expenses, salaries and privileges of the employees of UNAMID. The government utilizes this news to ensure its allegations over the damage and violations caused by UNAMID mission to the Sudanese community.