South Africa to Withdraw Soldiers From Darfur in April, UN Says

South Africa will withdraw security forces from the United Nations-African Union mission in Sudan’s Darfur region as of April 15, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric in an e-mailed statement.

South African troops have been deployed in Darfur since 2008 as part of UNAMID, which has 17,754 personnel from dozens of contributing countries, including more than 14,400 soldiers and about 3,170 police officers.

Dujarric didn’t explain the reason South Africa requested the withdrawal

Insurgents in Darfur took up arms in 2003, accusing President Umar al-Bashir’s government of neglecting the region. The International Criminal Court has indicted al-Bashir for alleged war crimes in the area. The conflict has led to the deaths of as many as 300,000 people, mainly due to illness and starvation, with about 2.4 million people currently displaced, according to UN estimates.

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