Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Darfur: Security trench built around Nyala to combat kidnappings and carjackings

Source: United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

Responding to the increase in incidence of kidnappings and carjackings in Nyala, South Darfur, targeting the international community in particular, UNAMID and the local government have agreed to work together to construct a security trench which will span the town's perimeter.

UNAMID's Chinese Engineering Company began work on Sunday on the Mission's half of the trench. The measure is designed to reduce the high incidence of criminality by regulating travel to and from the town. While limiting entry and exit through small roads, the town will remain fully accessible through major roads and highways.

The trench, measuring 2 meters deep and 2 meters wide, will span approximately 40 kilometers long and is expected to be completed within 4 to 5 weeks. Local authorities will provide 24 hour protection for UNAMID equipment and personnel until the project's completion.