So first up, well done Unamid. Khartoum has asked the hybrid AU-UN peacekeeping force to pull out of Muhajiriya so its armed forces can bomb and burn the town at will. And Unamid has said no, we’re staying. But to do what?

So far the hybrid force has done precisely nothing to prevent attacks by either side. It didn’t stop rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement taking the town in the first place. Nor has it stopped the bombing of Darfur by the Sudanese government.

That hasn’t stopped about 5000 people camping out next to the Unamid base in the hope that their proximity to the blue hats will save them. If past attacks are anything to go by, the peacekeepers will hunker down and do their best to keep out of the way. And then write a report.