Demonstrations have taken place across Sudan's troubled Darfur region against an international donors' conference which begins tomorrow in the Gulf state of Qatar, a civil society activist said.
Some of the 1.4 million people displaced by Darfur's decade-long conflict protested yesterday at their camps near North Darfur's state capital El Fasher, and in Kalma camp, South Darfur, said the activist, who asked not to be identified.
‘They demonstrated because there is no security on the ground,’ the activist added, without saying how many people took part in the protests.
Protesters voiced objection to the Doha conference where about 400 delegates, including representatives of aid agencies and governments from around the world, aim to woo support for a Darfur ‘recovery’ strategy worth billions of dollars.
Protests also occurred in North Darfur's Kebkabiya, the Central Darfur capital Zalingei, and Nertiti town in the Jebel Marra region, the activist added.
The Qatar-hosted meeting comes 10 years after a rebellion erupted among the region's non-Arab ethnic groups.