Violence displaces over 200,000 people in Sudan in 2015: UN
Displaced people unload the few belongings they were able to bring with them to Minkammen. (AFP/Nichole Sobecki )
Violence in areas inhabited mostly by civilians in Sudan has displaced over 200,000 people so far this year, says the United Nations (UN).
The UN released the figure in a report on Thursday.
The world organization expressed concern about human rights violations in the northeastern African nation.
A UN panel of experts has mostly blamed government forces and pro-government militiamen for the recent uptick in the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region and the consequent exodus of people.
A report released in May by the UN said that more than 450,000 people were forced to flee their homes in 2014, registering the highest number in a decade for crisis-hit Darfur.
Sudan plunged into violence in 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, the capital of the country. There has also been tribal fighting in the region.
The turmoil in the country comes amidst the presence of a 20,000-strong UN peace-keeping force in Darfur.
The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was launched in 2007 in a bid to protect civilians and restore stability to the restive region.
The UN estimates that the 12-year violence in Darfur has so far killed some 300,000 people and internally displaced a total of over two million.