- Violence in the war-torn Darfur region in Sudan continues to increase despite the government’s commitment to end the deadly conflict.
- The citizens have decried these attacks, and have called for the government’s protection.
- The country has continued to battle ethnic, inter-communal and political violence.
The Sudanese government has decided to send more troops in to the Darfur region following a rise in violence. The Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, said the move is aimed at ensuring that residents are protected, especially during the ripe farming season. The force will include the army and the police.
Violence in the war-torn Darfur region in Sudan continues to increase despite the government’s commitment to end the deadly conflict. Over the weekend, at least 60 were killed and dozens others injured in Misterei, in West Darfur.
It is alleged that armed men attacked the village from two different directions. According to local media reports, the attack, which began early morning on Saturday, took nine hours. This was the second attack in the region. Earlier in the week, gunmen attacked a sit-in session where they opened fire and wounded 17 protesters, two of whom succumbed to their injuries.
The attack came just a day after 20 people were killed and 20 others injured when armed men attacked victims, who included children in Aboudos. The victims are said to have been visiting their parcels of land in the area for the first time in many years.
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 attack has been blamed on the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary unit that was accused of rape and mass killings in the region.
On Friday last week, three gunmen killed two farmers as they worked on their fields in Hillet Temebto, North Dafur. It is alleged that the two were among a group of displaced people who had recently returned to till their lands as the agricultural season began.
That attack came two days after three women were raped on two separate incidents. It is alleged that the women were beaten up before the rape ordeal. They were later rushed to hospital. On July 19, four farmers were killed and six others wounded in a locality in northern Darfur after gunmen shot at them.
The citizens have decried these attacks, and have called for the government’s protection, urging that all perpetrators be brought to book, and all the militias active in the country are disarmed.
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.
The continued violence poses a challenge to the country’s fragile leadership that comprises of civilian and military leadership in the transitional 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.