A new report by Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) details how the Sudanese government’s insistence on dismantling IDP camps in Darfur only increases the risk of violence and further displacement for Darfuri citizens. According to SDFG, this plan will not contribute to peace and stability in Darfur, but instead will create “a space for manipulation of the political context and for the commission of further crimes against civilians in Darfur.”
SDFG also demonstrates how this plan is part of a larger policy for the government to continue its “campaign of violence and control” throughout Darfur by claiming that this region is now peaceful, safe, and secure. These claims are simply not credible. As only one example, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs documented the displacement of 233,000 people in Darfur in 2015, bringing the total number of displaced within Darfur to 2.5 million.
Despite the Sudanese government’s relentless campaign of misinformation, serious violence and instability continue, as Sudan Armed Forces, Rapid Support Forces, and other government-supported militias attack civilians, burn crops, and loot livestock. At the same time, the government maintains its persistent call for the removal of UNAMID, the joint AU-UN Peacekeeping Mission tasked with bringing stability to Darfur.
Finally, the government’s plan also reveals its failures to find a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Darfur and its unwillingness to address the root causes of this crisis. As SDFG observes: “The repeated attempts of the Sudanese government to dismantle the IDPs camps—and to exclude peace making missions—in order to prove the existence of a phantom peace and stability in Darfur, also reveals the deficiencies in the framework of the DDPD [Doha Document for Peace in Darfur]. The agreement has failed to address the root causes of the Darfur conflict and thus to achieve a minimum state of relative peace in the region.”
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