Doha, 26 Jumadil Awal 1434/7 April 2013 (MINA) – Hundreds of delegates are meeting Doha for a donor conference to raise support for a mulit-billion dollar project to rebuild Sudan’s Darfur region after a decade-long conflict.
The two-day conference beginning on Sunday was agreed under a July 2011 peace deal that Khartoum signed in the Qatari capital with an alliance of opposition movement splinter groups, Al Jazeera reported as monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).
Ahead of the meeting, protests against it were reported in refugee campus in Darfur, with demonstrators calling for an end to insecurity.
Al Jazeera’s Omar Al Saleh, reporting from Doha, said demonstrations were held in camps controlled by opposition movement groups who were not signatories to the donor conference.
“Darfur is not 100 percent secure,” he said. “It’s a region that is bigger than France, and the fears of insecurity are valid.”
The Doha meeting comes 10 years after opposition movement rose up in the western Sudanese region to seek an end to what they said was the domination of power and wealth among the country’s Arab elites.
Qatar brokered a peace deal between a rebel faction and the Sudanese government in 2011, but major rebel groups like the Justice and Equality Movement rejected it.
The Doha peace deal was seen as a cornerstone of international efforts to end the violence, but the hundreds of thousands of refugees forced to flee say they can go home only when they are compensated for their losses. (T/P09/P03)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)