Many displaced Darfuris live in camps across the border in Chad
The six-year war between forces loyal to Sudan’s government and rebels in Darfur has effectively ended, the UN’s military commander in the region says.
General Martin Agwai, who is leaving his post this week, said the vicious fighting of earlier years had subsided as rebel groups split into factions.
He says the region now suffers more from low-level disputes and banditry.
The UN says 300,000 people have died in Darfur, but the Sudanese government puts the figure at 10,000.
Almost three million people are said to have been displaced by the fighting.
Gen Agwai, who led a joint UN and African Union peacekeeping force known as Unamid, said the region now suffered more from “security issues” than full-blown conflict.
DISPLACED IN DARFUR
2006: 547,420 people fled their homes
2009 (first six months): 137,000
Total to date: 2.7m
Source: UN humanitarian agency Ocha