Darfur has been a battlefield for centuries. The most recent blood lust from 2003, has seen the genocide of the people for whom the land (dar) is named, the Fur. Khartoum sponsored Arab militia, Janjaweed (devils on horseback), attack villages killing nearly everyone in them. To mitigate the killing the UN sent armed troops to the area. UNAMID, United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, began operations October 31, 2007.
As UNAMID celebrates 60 years of Peacekeeping, Janjaweed attacked UNAMID Nigerian Peacekeepers, taking their Peacekeeping weapons.
KHARTOUM - Up to 60 heavily armed men on horseback ambushed a patrol of peacekeepers in Darfur, in a new attack on international forces in Sudan's strife-torn west, the United Nations said on Friday.The animist, Christian, and non-Arab victims of Arab Muslim violence in Darfur are so very lucky to have UNAMID protection. Without UN help there's just no telling how many people would still be alive.
The raiders, wearing uniforms and armed with AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, took weapons from Nigerian troops from the joint U.N./African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), an official added.
[Photo: UNAMID troops practice putting on berets or maybe surrender]
It was at least the fifth serious confrontation between armed groups and UNAMID troops since they took over from a beleaguered African Union force at the beginning of the year.
The attack happened on Wednesday [21 May] close to the capital of West Darfur, El Geneina.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon strongly condemned the attack, according to a U.N. statement released on his behalf on Friday. In it, Ban urged all parties to cease military action and commit themselves to negotiations and a peaceful solution.
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