Two months ago, in mid-December, I had to leave Seleia because of bomb attacks. Since the evacuation the MSF team has been monitoring the situation to see if it is safe for return. My original impression was that the attacks will finish in the course of a few days. However, the northern corridor of west Darfur is inaccessible. In between then and today there have been many other atrocities in the area: Civilians killed, villages burnt, and other insults from various attackers.
Yesterday Seleia suffered another bomb attack this time accompanied by uncontrolled militias. Apparently families crowded in the MSF compound in hope that the attackers would respect humanitarian law and space. The compound was looted, the driver was high jacked with the car, and a Sudanese employee at the ICRC in Seleia was shot dead. The entire town of Seleia (15 000 people) left for Chad to start a life as internally displaced persons again. We had since lost radio contact with our staff, but the latest news was that they had to leave for their safety. At current time access to the area is becoming more possible but not because of stability, but because of increased humanitarian need. Sadly I don’t think there will be a community to access.