Darfur (UNAMID)

Troops

11,521

Police Officers

2,662

Civilian Personnel

3,004

Mission Mandate

On July 31, 2007, UNAMID was established to address the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. The mission works to mediate and address local conflicts, protect civilians, and support humanitarian assistance. The mandate was extended until June 2018 to place greater emphasis on protecting civilians, facilitating humanitarian assistance and mediating peace between the Government of Sudan and non-signatories to the 2011 Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.

Background

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A civil war erupted in Darfur in 2003 between the Government of Sudan and its allied militia, and other armed rebel groups. Opposition groups led by The Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the separate Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) began attacking Northern Khartoum’s government targets, accusing them of ethnic and political marginalization of the People of Darfur. The Sudanese government responded to the actions of the rebels by unleashing Arab militias known as Janjaweed, which began a prolonged and violent campaign known as the Darfur Genocide.

UNAMID coverIn 2006, the government of Sudan and one faction of the Darfur rebel groups negotiated the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), but to limited success. The continued violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation prompted the U.N. to act and establish UNAMID in 2007. In 2011, progress towards stability was attempted with Doha Document, a peace deal signed by the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), however, this was still interrupted by periods of hostilities.

Darfuris today continue to face numerous problems, which cannot be resolved until peace is established in Darfur. Up to 300,000 people have died and more than 3.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes since the start of the conflict, where many atrocities continue to be committed against men, women, and children. However, improvements have occurred regionally due to UNAMID’s success, causing the Security Council to extend the mission’s mandate for another year in 2017.

How This Affects U.S. Interests

The Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism encourages both #Sudan and #SouthSudan to resolve border issues by cooperating. @UNISFA_1 is tasked with creating a safe and stable environment by conducting regular air and ground patrols within a demilitarized border zone. https://t.co/Bu06QEK2O0

RT @unamidnews: #PhotoOfTheDay: Today, 19 August is #WorldHumanitarianDay. UNSG Antonio Guterres expressed solidarity with people affected…

Karin Landgren, former @UN Under-Sec-Gen & head of peace operations in Liberia, Burundi & Nepal, offers views on the Action for Peacekeeping initiative #A4P in "Nailing Down the Primacy of Politics in @UNPeacekeeping: An Insider Perspective" via https://t.co/AmYAULqJ6F https://t.co/bWeBTD3EoI