Violence has persisted for 15 years in the Darfur region of Sudan, with fighting between armed movements and the government, intertribal tensions and the proliferation of arms leading to large-scale civilian casualties and the displacement of 2.5 million people, according to the United Nations.
In 2017, the United Nations Security Council reduced the number of United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers by a third. Discussions are currently taking place which could see a further significant decrease in UNAMID’s mandate.
Conflict between government forces and the armed movements has declined in the last two years, although there have recently been renewed clashes. This highlights the ongoing security threat to civilians, with UNAMID unable to access many affected areas, and serves as a reminder of the UN’s commitment to protect civilians in Darfur.
At this event, the speakers discuss the situation in Darfur, the reduction of UNAMID's mandate, its impact on civilians and prospects for lasting peace in the region.

Participants

Peter Schumann, Acting Deputy Joint Special Representative, UNAMID (December 2017-March 2018) (Via Skype)
Jérôme Tubiana, Independent Analyst
Ahmed Hussain Adam, Research Associate, SOAS
Natalie Palmer, Sudan Desk Officer, FCO/DFID Sudan and South Sudan Unit
Chair: Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House