Four Darfur Peacekeepers Missing After Sudan Floods

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 10:46 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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United Nations officials say four peacekeepers are missing in Sudan's Darfur region after being swept away by recent floods.
 
The peacekeepers were escorting an aid convoy when a "powerful current" swept them away, said Rania Abdulrahman, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Mission in Darfur.
 
Another two peacekeepers were found alive by a rescue team, she said.
 
The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Unamid, is one of the largest in the world, with approximately 20,000 soldiers and police.
 
The peacekeepers were traveling with a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy when a flash flood hit, Abdulrahman told the BBC.
 
The incident occurred as the peacekeepers “attempted to pull out their truck, which was stuck in the mud of a river valley," she said.
 
All seven WFP staff members who were in the convoy — five Sudanese and two foreigners — are safe, according to WFP spokeswoman Amor Almagro.
 
The United Nations. has not released the nationalities of the missing peacekeepers.
 
Almost 50 people have died this month as a result of large-scale flooding that has engulfed Sudan.

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