"It is unsafe for me to go back home and it's not safe here," a resident of Abu Chok, a refugee camp in Darfur currently home to 54,000, tells the Guardian. Residents endure endemic malnutrition, malaria, and typhoid in hopes of security—the camp is 4 miles from a base for African Union forces—but find that government-sponsored attacks follow them everywhere.
The UN, over Khartoum’s objections, reported at least 15 government and affiliated militia attacks on civilian centers this week. Analysts say this period of "low-level" hostility may foretell renewed widespread conflict, a terrifying thought for Darfur’s 2.5 million refugees. A promised 20,000 UN troops are scheduled to arrive next month, although only 9,000 will be ready by then.