Violent Incidents in Darfur: October
According to the reports received by UNAMID, there were 67 deaths directly attributable to violence in Darfur during October.
This figure is subject to the usual caveats, which is that UNAMID access is uneven. In some places UNAMID patrols have been turned back by security officers, for example when investigating inter-tribal clashes in south-east Darfur. In other locations cooperation between UNAMID and the local authorities and commanders has improved. Relations between UNAMID and SLA-Abdel Wahid remain poor. (However, the fatality figure is derived from 176 incident reports, received through diverse routes–it is not the number observed or investigated by UNAMID only.)
Twenty one people were killed in fighting between Zaghawa and Birgid militia around the Muhajiriya area, the single largest cause of violent deaths. Ten others died in conflict-related violence, 31 in criminal violence, and five in accidents.
There were eight successful carjackings and one thwarted attempt. This is a decline from September but it is as yet unclear whether it is a random fluctuation or whether it reflects UNAMID restrictions on travel.
Reporting of sexual violence is certainly incomplete. Nine incidents involving seventeen victims were reported. Most of these were from locations under the control of the army and security forces, indicating at the very least an inability to prevent these abuses, and quite possibly the involvement of military, security and police officers themselves.