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The UNHCR cautions that the atrocities in Darfur, Sudan from 20 years ago could potentially happen again.
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The UNHCR cautions that the atrocities in Darfur, Sudan from 20 years ago could potentially happen again.

Over 800 individuals have allegedly lost their lives at the hands of armed factions in Ardamata, West Darfur. This region has been relatively less impacted by the ongoing conflict since it began in April.

The Ardamata camp provided shelter for those displaced within the country. Nearly 100 shelters were destroyed, and there was widespread theft, including of aid from UNHCR.

In the past twenty years, there was a significant loss of life in Darfur and a large number of people were forced to leave their homes due to conflict between the Sudanese Government and their allies, the Janjaweed, against rebel groups fighting against the authoritarian leadership of President Omar al-Bashir, who was removed from power in 2019.

The UN’s Special Adviser for Genocide Prevention, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, cautioned in June that the ongoing conflict in West Darfur, which includes targeted attacks based on ethnicity, may be considered acts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Acts of breaking the law, forced payments, and murders are occurring.

The reports of ongoing sexual violence, torture, arbitrary killings, extortion of civilians, and targeting of specific ethnic groups have raised concerns for the UN refugee agency.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, expressed concern that a similar pattern to the past atrocities and human rights abuses in Darfur may be emerging, causing shock to the world, twenty years ago.

He emphasized the importance of immediately stopping the conflict and showing unconditional respect for the civilian population by all involved parties to prevent another catastrophic event.

Millions displaced 

Over 4.8 million individuals in Sudan have been forced to leave their homes due to ongoing conflict between the military and a paramilitary organization called the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) since mid-April. Additionally, 1.2 million people have fled to neighboring countries for safety.

According to UNHCR, over 8,000 individuals sought refuge in Chad in the past week. However, this number may not accurately reflect the true total due to difficulties in registering new arrivals.

The agency and its collaborators are collaborating with the government to anticipate an influx of refugees into the nation.

The source of the information is the United Nations website.