The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today expressed deep concern over security raids, recently conducted by the Sudanese Government, in several camps for displaced people in the city of Nyala and the surrounding towns in South Darfur.

UNAMID has since taken measures to mitigate the impact of such operations on the civilian population in the camps, according to a statement released today. For example, following a security raid conducted on Al Salam camp on 5 August when individuals were arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs and weapons, UNAMID monitored the trials of those arrested and said that most of those detained have since been released.

Other security raids have been conducted in Otash and Dereig internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps as part of a wider campaign by the South Darfur authorities to address the high level of criminality in the State. Such raids have generated alarm and anxiety amongst IDPs in Kalma camp, who told UNAMID that they are anticipating a similar operation. […]