Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Incident: Evacuation, Darfur

The UN evacuated 71 staff members after gunmen raided several humanitarian compounds at the Gereida camp (Darfur's largest, with over 130,00 refugees). Vehicles, radios, money and equipment were stolen during the attack. No staff members were injured. The incident is being viewed as the single biggest attack on aid workers to date in the troubled area.

This marks the eighth evacuation for UN staff in the Darfur region this month. More info here.

12/22/06 Update - Action Against Hunger press release about evacuating 23 staff from Gereida following the attack. Other NGOs appear to have evacuated too, but haven't made official statements.



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