Don’t Send Me Home, says Refugee

Been busy with other things so have missed a few gems over the past few weeks, so I’ll be catching up on a few oldies starting with this in the Sudan Tribune…


The chairman of Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur dismissed reports by the African Union – United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on the return of IDP’s to their villages. This week UNAMID announced that hundreds of families have returned home since 2007 after being displaced during the upsurge of fighting since 2003.

But Al-Nur said that insecurity is prevalent in most of Darfur. “The people are still being attacked in North, South and West Darfur. The kidnapping of the two aid workers proves that” Al-Nur told Sudan Tribune.

The issue of returning to Darfur is particularly close to Abdulwahid’s heart, given that he sees fit to live in Paris. That may not last much longer. My snouts with the baguettes under their arms tell me he has not had his visa renewed leaving him vulnerable to deportation. So could this statement be more about the safety of Abdulwahid himself, rather than the thousands of Fur languishing in aid camps that he claims to represent. And has the French government finally fallen out of love with Darfur’s rebels?