Renewed fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region has led to the displacement of thousands of people, according to a recent BBC report. The conflict, which involves government forces and rebel groups, has been ongoing since 2003, and has left millions of people displaced and killed tens of thousands.
The recent clashes have reportedly occurred in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur, where rebels have been fighting against government forces. The United Nations has expressed concern about the violence and its impact on civilians, with a spokesperson for the UN’s humanitarian agency warning that the situation could worsen in the coming weeks.
The conflict in Darfur began in 2003, when rebel groups rose up against the government, accusing it of marginalizing the region. The government responded with a brutal crackdown, and since then, the conflict has been characterized by widespread violence, including the use of rape as a weapon of war, and the displacement of millions of people.
In recent years, there have been attempts to bring an end to the conflict, including the signing of a peace agreement in October 2020. However, the recent fighting in Jebel Marra highlights the continued fragility of the situation in Darfur.
The UN has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for all parties to respect international humanitarian law. The organization has also expressed concern about the impact of the fighting on efforts to combat COVID-19, which has already strained the country’s fragile health system.
The situation in Darfur remains a major humanitarian crisis, with millions of people in need of assistance. The recent clashes are a reminder of the ongoing fragility of the peace process, and the urgent need for a sustainable solution to the conflict.