Wednesday, the 3rd of October, 2012 witnessed the brutal killing of four Nigerian peacemakers in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. The men were said to have been ambushed just 2kms away from the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) regional headquarters. Eight others have been wounded asides the four persons killed.

The UNAMID which is presently the world’s largest peacekeeping mission was set up four years ago by the United Nations and African Union to give humanitarian aid to and house refugees from the western territory that had escaped the fierce fighting in 2003. An exact figure cannot be said of how many lives have been taken since inception of UNAMID but a rough estimate of 42 lives have been said to have been lost.

Meanwhile, the UNAMID force commander lieutenant has given strict orders for the hunting down of the culprits responsible for the grave damage. The UNAMID continues to – within it’s capability – protect the civilians it has become responsible for.


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