A weeklong sit-in demonstration is ongoing in Nitrite (Central Darfur state; Darfur region) as of Sunday, July 5, calling for the resignation of security officials in Central Darfur and a halt to attacks by government-sanctioned armed groups. Participants of the demonstration are reportedly camped outside the government building.
A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the vicinity of the demonstration, along with overland transportation disruptions.
Although levels of violence have decreased since the signing of a peace agreement roadmap in early 2016, tensions remain high in Darfur, and the region continues to present a range of significant security challenges. The ceasefire has reduced the level of violence in the region since 2016, but disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration successes have been limited, and multiple armed groups continue to operate in the region. Persistent violence and instability coupled with the widespread availability of firearms have also created an environment conducive to armed banditry, while persistent communal tensions have often resulted in unrest and clashes between rival armed groups.
Individuals in Nitrite are advised to monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
The security environment in Sudan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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