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UN says Darfur bandits threaten aid to warring region

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk [profile] said Thursday that bandits in the Darfur region of Sudan have been stealing food and terrorizing and killing workers bringing supplies into the region. Pronk also said a group of bandits attacked offices of the UN and an international nongovernmental organization last Saturday night but failed to take anything. The Sudan Liberation Movement [website] has been holding ten aide workers despite three promises they made to free them. Pronk said the Sudanese government and the African Union [official website on situation in Darfur] do not have the current power to stop the bandits, but he stressed that additional AU troops expected in the area in September will need to monitor the situation. Last month, the UN Security Council received information [JURIST report] from the International Criminal Court [official website] preliminary investigation of the region detailing killing, looting and destruction of villages. AFP has more.

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