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Friday, February 22, 2008


Sudan: Bombing Blocks Access to New Refugees

20 February 2008 (Posted to the web 20 February 2008)


The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is warning that its teams in eastern Chad that have been providing assistance to 10,000 newly arrived refugees from Sudan's West Darfur region have been forced to withdraw because of aerial bombing across the border, close to where the refugees are located.

"Aerial bombing overnight and this morning in West Darfur, Sudan, close to the border with Chad, has forced UNHCR to withdraw its team caring for newly arrived refugees in the Birak area away from the insecure border," UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said in a statement on 19 February.


Images of Darfur by Jon Nicholson

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On Valentine's Day last week, my brother was sent to Sudan as part of the UN Peace Mission. When I called him on the day that he was leaving, he didnt know yet where in Sudan he was going to be posted but he is going to be there for a year. I still remember when my mom told me about it last month, I think my heart stops beating for a few second. Im sure as hard as it is for me, it has to be harder for the wife with 3 toddlers and 1 infant.


Yatie_T said...

I am sure you and your family are so worried right now. I hope and pray that your brother are okay. Big hugs for you.

bini mokhtar said...

i hope everything's gon be alright sis. HUGS!

U.Lee said...

Hi Farina, noticed your callsign over at JT's and kay poh over. Wow! Thats a fantastic picture of both of you. Lucky man!
I can imagine how you feel re your brother being posted to Sudan.
I'm sure he'll be alright.
Have a Malaysian friend there, he's doing fine.
Anyway, you have a nice weekend, best regards, UL.

sYaNa said...

Hi Farina :o)

I hope your brother is safe and you've received news from him.

I've been visiting quietly for a long time ... this time leaving my mark :o)

Have a good weekend :o)

I Cook4Fun said...

*hug hug* PJ, hope your brother is safe there. Will keep him in my daily prayers.

Farina said...

Yatie, Elene, thank you for the hugs. ;)

U.L, thank you for visiting my blog and the compliment. whts ur friend doing there?

Shana, welcome and hello! ;)

Gert, thank you! *hugs*

Anonymous said...

Will keep your brother in my thoughts. It must be hard for you.Will keep you in my thots, too

kl_gal aka anon :))

Jun :) said...

Hi Farina..must b hard for ur bro's wife, kids n ur family...hope he's doing fine there..we just can pray for him...nway, u take care too..

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Farina,

Oh dear...My prayers to you and your brother's family...Hope his wife will be able to cope with Danial, Dayana (still biting orang ke?) and Danish and the new baby...


Farina said...

Gurdeep & Jun, thank you very much. *hugs*

Daph, thanks. I think Dayana dah kurang (maybe even stopped) biting Danish and Danial dah. lol!

norza said...

Farina, nice to hear from u.
Akak doakan semoga your brother dilindungi Ilahi all the time.
To u & family ~ Best wishes!

J.T. said...

Hi Farina

It can be worrisome but take heart and know that lots of people wish and pray the best for him and the rest of the family. :)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

trust me farina, he's safe there, insyaAllah. Malaysian peacekeepers are loved by heck alot of people. this was what my uncle who was a former UN pernonnel related to us all. Malaysians are known to be friendly and locals loves our army. you should be proud of your bro really. being a malaysian, i am proud of your brother. so chill. lets just pray at the same time.

Farina said...

Kak Norza, thanks for visiting and the prayer. :)

J.T, thank u.

Kerp, i agree w wht u said coz i heard of the same too. but being the older sister i just cant help worrying. biasalah kan. ;) thanks for ur kind word brother.

Munira said...

Praying for your brother's safety. Wishing all of you well.