Rebel Faction Assures Aid Workers' Safety in South Sudan

A faction of the Sudan Liberation Army pledges to help ensure the safety of humanitarian workers in South Darfur. Photo by: UN/Tim McKulka

Leaders of the Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minnawi faction in South Darfur have assured the safety of aid workers in the state.

The statement was issued at a meeting in the SLA-MM headquarters, where representatives of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur called for enhanced security in Darfur, especially for humanitarian aid workers.

The demand for better security came on the heels of threats made by Abragel village residents, who identified themselves as SLA-MM, to block aid convoys passing through their village if aid would not reach their area as well, according to a UNAMID press release.

The rebels were signatories to the 2005 Darfur peace accord. 

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