Nigerian troops of the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, prepare for a patrol at dawn through the villages of Silea and Sirba, at their base in Geneina, West Darfur, Sudan on Feb. 27, 2008. The villages were recently bombed along with one other villages north of Geneina by the Sudanese government and simultaneously attacked by armed men on camels, horseback and donkeys, otherwise known as Janjaweed. The government spate of bombings was in response to an ambush two months prior by rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement, JEM, and subsequent intelligence that JEM members were living in these villages and using them as a base. After a period of relative quiet, there has been a great deal of renewed fighting between the Sudanese government, along with militias loyal to the government, and rebel factions, namely JEM. Dozens of civilians in
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