Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tribal conflict in Darfur kills 12

CAIRO ( Associated Press) – Tribal violence in Sudan’s long-conflicted Darfur region has killed at least 12 people in recent days, an aid group said Sunday.

At least 42 people were also injured in clashes between herders and farmers in the Beleil region of South Darfur province, said Adam Riegel, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced Persons in Darfur.

Local officials said one person was killed after shepherds attempted to rob a type of motorcycle taxi known as a tuk-tuk in the town of Amaury. Fighting intensified on Thursday and Friday, when herders and local people exchanged attacks.

Authorities declared a state of emergency on Saturday and imposed a nightly curfew in Belil to help stop the fighting.

Riegel said aid groups had counted 12 dead in the fighting and that the number could be higher. He said that many towns in the region were burnt or looted.

It said hundreds of families were displaced and took refuge in Nyala, the provincial capital of South Darfur.

The wave of violence in Darfur was the latest in recent months. In November, at least 48 people were killed in tribal clashes in central Darfur province.

The vast region was plunged into bloodshed in 2003, when insurgents from the region’s ethnic Central and Sub-Saharan African community launched an insurgent movement, accusing the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum of discrimination and neglect.

The government, under then-President Omar al-Bashir, responded with a scorched-earth campaign of aerial bombardment and local nomadic Arab militias known as Janjaweed, who were accused of mass murder and rape. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million fled their homes.

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