Sudan is a hellhole: Sudan ‘Peace Day’ in North Darfur raises questions

Government officials will attend the celebrations of Sudan’s National Day of Peace in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, on Saturday. Displaced Darfuri, however, wonder if there is any peace to celebrate. 

On Thursday, Unamid staff commemorated colleagues who were killed in Darfur during the International Day of UN peacekeepers in El Fasher.

“Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh will address a mass gathering in El Nag’a Square, to celebrate the occasion,” Abdel Karim Musa, the Minister of Media for the Darfur Regional Authority, has announced. The occasion is the third birthday of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), since the government and the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed it on 31 May 2011. The federal council of Ministers declared this day to be an annual national day of peace.

However, the people who are displaced by conflict and live in Darfur camps, wonder if there is peace in Darfur to be celebrated, and severely criticised the DDPD. “The document is the reason behind the unprecedented deterioration of the situation in the region,” the coordinator of the Central Darfur camp told Radio Dabanga on behalf of the displaced people.