African Union Peacekeeping

Rwanda: RDF Builds School in Darfur

Published April 5, 2011 by All Africa
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Rwandan peacekeepers in western Sudan's conflict torn region of Darfur, have helped build a school a few kilometres south of the provincial capital, El Fasher.

Members of RwanBatt23 (37 infantry battalion) of the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) built the school to support the sustainable development of Turba village, located in their Zamzam base neighbourhood.

Darfur rebel leader condemns killing of UNAMID peacekeeper

Published April 6, 2011 by Sudan Tribune
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A Darfur rebel group condemned today the killing of a female peacekeeper in Darfur and accused Khartoum’s supported militias of being behind this aatck.

the female police adviser was killed during an ambush by unknown gunmen on a UNAMID patrol Tuesday afternoon in Kutum, North Darfur state. Two other policewomen from the hybrid mission were injured during the attack.

Uganda, Burundi To Send Another 3,000 Troops To Somalia

Published March 28, 2011 by Nasdaq
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KAMPALA, Uganda -(Dow Jones)- Uganda and Burundi are set to send another 3,000 troops in a bid to bolster the African Union Mission in Somalia, or Amisom, which is battling to dislodge al-Qaeda-inspired al Shabab militants from the war torn country.

Ugandan Amisom peacekeepers jailed for shooting Somalis

Published March 16, 2011 by BBC News
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Three Ugandan soldiers from the African Union force in Somalia have been sentenced to two years in prison for injuring civilians in two shooting incidents in the capital, Mogadishu.

Some Somalis have previously accused the AU force - Amisom - of using indiscriminate violence but these are the first such convictions.

AU claims Somalia operation success

Published March 10, 2011 by Aljazeera
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A major offensive by African Union troops in Somalia, in which dozens of peacekeepers from Burundi and Uganda were killed, reclaimed "significant" territory from insurgents, an African Union envoy has said.

During a special debate on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council paid tribute to those peacekeepers who had been killed in operations. The UNSC was discussing ways in which to end a two-decade old civil war in Somalia and to curb piracy off its coast.

Burundi sends 1,000 extra AU troops to Somalia

Published March 12, 2011 by Reuters Africa
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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Burundi has sent 1,000 more troops to the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia taking its total there to 4,400, its army spokesman said on Saturday.

The U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed controls part of the capital, and AMISON -- AU troops from Uganda and Burundi -- is fighting to stop two hardline Islamist insurgent groups from taking over the rest.

Dozens of African Union peacekeepers killed in Somalia clashes

Published March 4, 2011 by The Washington Post
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NAIROBI — About 50 African Union peacekeepers based in Somalia have died in clashes with militants linked to al-Qaeda over the past two weeks, suggesting a dramatic escalation in the fight for the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Darfur rebels slam Khartoum 'divide and rule' plan

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Darfur rebels on Wednesday condemned a government decision to establish two new states in Sudan's war-torn western region as a policy of divide and rule that undermines the prospects for peace.

"The government says it is going to create more states in Darfur," said Ibrahim al-Hillu, a spokesman for the Sudan Liberation Army rebel group headed by exiled leader Abdelwahid Nur.

Five African leaders head to I. Coast to mediate

NOUAKCHOTT — A panel of five African presidents will meet briefly in Mauritania before heading to Ivory Coast on Friday to mediate a political crisis which the United Nations warns may spiral into civil war.

"The five (presidents) will meet for two hours in Nouakchott before taking their flight to Abidjan," a Mauritanian diplomatic source told AFP.

Op-ed: Time for renewed effort to end conflict in Darfur

Published February 25, 2011 by The Guardian - Poverty Matters Blog
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Sudan has recently navigated one of the most challenging events since gaining independence, a referendum in which the people of the country's south determined whether they will remain a part of Sudan or secede to form the world's newest country.

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