Wednesday, November 30, 2022

More than 100 killed in clashes in Sudan’s Darfur

More than 100 killed in clashes in Sudan's Darfur

More Than 100 Killed In Clashes In Sudan'S Darfur

More than 100 people have been killed in conflict between Arab and non-Arab groups in Darfur, Sudan, which has killed hundreds in the region in recent months.

The latest fighting broke out last week between Arab Riziget and non-Arab Gimir tribes in the Kolubus district, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the western Darfur state capital, El Jinina.

It began as a land dispute between two peoples, one from Riziget and the other from Gimir, before morphing into widespread violence involving other members of both tribes.

Ibrahim Hashem, a leader of the African Gimir tribe, told AFP over the phone: “So far 117 people have been killed in the fighting and 17 villages have been burnt.”

Hashem said the deaths counted so far are mostly in the Gimir tribe. He said that “many people” of his tribe have gone missing since the violence began and continued.

It was not immediately clear how many were killed in the Arab tribe.

The latest violence exposed a widespread security breach in Darfur that was intensified last year by a military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

The October coup derailed a delicate transition following the 2019 ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.

In April alone, more than 200 people were killed in clashes between an Arab community and a non-Arab Masalit minority in the Krink region of West Darfur.

The United Nations estimates that 125,000 people were displaced in that unrest.

A month earlier, at least 45 people were killed in fighting between ethnic Fallata and Arab Rezigat tribes in South Darfur.

On Monday, UN Special Representative Volker Perthes said he was “shocked” by the violence in Colbus.

“The cycle of violence in Darfur is unacceptable and highlights the root causes that must be addressed,” he said on Twitter.

Perth called on the fighting sides to “de-escalate”.

Sudan’s West Darfur region was devastated by a bitter civil war that broke out in 2003.

The conflict raised ethnic minority rebels who complained of discrimination against the Arab-dominated government of then-President Bashir.

Khartoum responded by freeing the Janjavid, recruited mainly from Arab herding tribes, who had been convicted of atrocities including murder, rape, looting and burning of villages.

According to the United Nations, 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million displaced in the scorched-earth campaign.

According to rights groups, many Janjaweed have since been integrated into the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Force, led by Sudan’s de facto deputy leader, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

In 2020, Sudan signed a peace deal with major rebel groups, including the people of Darfur.

The main conflict has subsided over the years, but the area is armed with weapons and often fatal skirmishes over access to pasture or water.

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