Fresh violence in Darfur claims one, injures 10 others

New York, US (PANA) - The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said one person was killed and 10 others were injured after protesters clashed with police in Darfur Thursday.

UNAMID said, in a statement made available to PANA in New York on Friday, that the protests took place at the University of El Fasher in the North Darfur capital after the Sudanese government suspended political activity at that institution and the University of Nyala.

It said that, "another demonstration planned for Friday in El Fasher did not take place."

It, however, noted that, "the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are fundamental and should be respected."

Meanwhile, two Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have voiced their concern over the impact of armed conflict in the Abyei area and in Southern Sudan after an eight-day visit to the country.

A statement said Friday that American actress Mia Farrow and Martin Bell, a former war reporter and parliamentarian from the United Kingdom, saw first-hand the impact of recent violence during their visit, which ended Thursday.

"We have come here at what should be such a hopeful time for everyone in Southern Sudan but the situation is bad,” Farrow said.

"The lives of children along the border areas continue to be torn apart by violence and at times with unimaginable brutality.

"The women and children I spoke to were living in terror, afraid to go to their fields for food, afraid to go to school, or even remain in their homes. They told me that what they want and need most is safety and protection,'' she noted.

The statement said that, "the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), notorious for its human rights abuses during its long conflict in northern Uganda, particularly its treatment of local children, has recently been operating out of Western Equatoria state in Southern Sudan."

It, however, stated that, "UNICEF has introduced several initiatives, including a motorbike ambulance service in remote areas, so that pregnant women can get to health clinics in time to deliver, to improve the quality of life in LRA-affected communities."
-0- PANA AA/BOS 18March2011

18 march 2011 16:13:28

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