As rhetoric grows around a new U.S. strategy on Darfur with the International Criminal Court's indictment of Sudan's president Omar el-Beshir, this unique report gives a behind the scenes look at UNAMID's (United Nations-African Union Mission In Darfur) failures and finds that the people of Darfur have had enough. After six years of failed peace initiatives and continuing violence, displaced communities of Darfur are ready to fight.
Over a year has passed since the deployment of UNAMID peacekeepers, and the suffering continues. The international community has left UNAMID under-resourced while the government of Sudan blocks shipments and continually undermines its operations. Frustrated and angry, the IDPs (Internationally-Displaced Persons) are turning against those who are mandated to protect them.
"We are angry. Our women and children are still not safe." IDP, Nertititi Camp
"It's never been like this before; they now see us as part and parcel of the government of Sudan." UNAMID commander, Nertiti Camp
"Now that we know UNAMID is unable to protect us, we need weapons to rise up ourselves." IDP Leader, Kassab camp