Caption for this photograph from Radio Dabanga (18 August 2014 | https://www.radiodabanga.org/node/78745
“Government-backed militiamen shooting at civilians near a UNAMID team site. One was killed, and eight injured. UNAMID did not intervene, and the attack was reported by the UN as a ‘cross-fire incident’ (UNAMID).”
In a travesty of an investigation to ascertain the validity of charges by Aicha Albasri of non-reporting, mis-reporting, and non-response, the UN—months later—gave the UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) a slap on the wrist and some unctuous words by Ban Ki-moon. Moreover, there was no meaningful response from the man most responsible, head of the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous. Ladsous is widely regarded within the UN as a painful, incompetent embarrassment.
Ten days later, UNAMID was re-authorized by the UN Security Council through June 30, 2015, even though the mission had been substantially drawn down and continues to be—this in response to its manifest failure. It will not be renewed beyond June 30, 2015, leaving Darfur without even a fig-leaf of international protection.
Albasri’s charges were first revealed in a Foreign Policy article by Colum Lynch in April 2014: http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/04/07/they-just-stood-watching-2/