Attackers Kill 20 in Darfur

  • It is feared that the death toll could rise since, according to the tribal chief, some of those injured were in critical condition.
  • The landowners were to return to their land, but armed men attacked and massacred them.
  • The attack has been blamed on the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary unit that was accused of rape and mass killings in the region.

At least 20 people have been killed in an attack in the war-torn Darfur region in Sudan. The victims, who include children, are said to have been visiting their parcels of land in the area for the first time in many years. The attack, which took place in Aboudos, left 20 other people wounded.

Darfur is a region in western Sudan. Because of the war in Darfur between Sudanese government forces and the indigenous population, the region has been in a state of humanitarian emergency since 2003.

It is feared that the death toll could rise since, according to the tribal chief, some of those injured were in critical condition. It is alleged that two months ago, there was a meeting between the landowners and those who were in possession of them, whereby an agreement was reached.

The landowners were to return to their land, but armed men attacked and massacred them. The attack has been blamed on the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary unit that was accused of rape and mass killings in the region. The citizens are calling on the government to protect them by ensuring all perpetrators are brought to book, and all the militias are disarmed.

The attack came days after an armed group attacked a protest camp in northern Darfur and killed 13 people. Despite the government’s commitment to end the deadly conflict in the region, attacks are a common occurrence.

Earlier in the month, a government- sanctioned group attacked protesters who were a sitting in, killing 13 of them and injuring 11 in Fata-Bono. In May, at least 30 people were killed in southern Darfur, in inter-communal violence. The situation forced more troops to be deployed in the area to help ensure calm.

In another incident of inter-communal violence, 13 people were killed in Rumbek in March. In 2016, anti-government forces attacked civilians in Yambio, killing 20 civilians and wounding 10 others.

The Rapid Support Forces are Sudanese paramilitary forces operated by the Sudanese Government. The RSF grew out of, and is primarily composed of, the Janjaweed militias which fought on behalf of the Sudanese government during the War in Darfur.

In February 2011, as South Sudan prepared to become an independent state, 20 people were killed during a fight between troops as some refused to heed to the call for them to redeploy. An additional 24 others were left with injuries.

The country has continued to battle ethnic, inter-communal and political violence. According to the United Nations data, 300,000 people have been killed in the violence that has displaced 2.5 million others.

Rebel groups have, in recent months, been engaged in peace talks. Earlier this year, at least nine of the rebel groups signed an agreement with the government after a series of talks. However, the violence poses a challenge to the country’s fragile leadership that comprises of civilian and military leadership in the transition government.

In April last year, the country’s long serving ruler, Omar al-Bashir, was removed from power by pro-democracy protests. Bashir is currently being held in Khartoum for corruption charges. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been working hard to have him tried for crimes against humanity because of his role in the conflict in Darfur.

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Juliet Norah

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