OCHA: Cease-Fire in Darfur Has Reduced Displacement and Conflict

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has acknowledged that the Sudanese Government’s unilateral declaration of a ceasefire has contributed to stabilizing security and reducing displacement in Darfur, with access to some affected areas.

In its periodical report issued on Tuesday OCHA said that the declaration of the cease-fire for several times by the Government of the Sudan and rebel movements in the Darfur, resulted in a significant decline in fighting and led to the cessation of displacement within the territory.

The report said, “In Due to unilateral ceasefires by the Government of Sudan and most armed groups, there has been significantly less conflict and related displacement in Darfur during the first half of 2017 than during the same period in previous years. A reduction in inter-communal tensions and related displacement in the area has also been observed.”

The UN report noted the lack of basic services and infrastructure to prevent the return of IDPs to their areas of origin.

The report pointed out that access to the affected areas and the provision of humanitarian assistance has improved in some areas of the Territory, as a result of new directives for humanitarian action issued by the Sudanese government since December 2016, but hinted that the implementation of these guidelines varies on the ground from one region to another