Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Tribal skirmishes in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur area have killed about 100 people in the last week, according to the UN refugee agency and a tribal elder, the latest rise in violence in the restive region.

According to Toby Harward, a UNHCR coordinator, the conflict sprang from a land dispute between Arab and African clans in the village of Kulbus in West Darfur state. According to him, local Arab militias then assaulted other communities in the region, forcing thousands of residents to escape. According to Abkar al-Toum, a tribal leader in the town, at least 62 bodies were discovered charred after militias set fire to more than 20 villages. He said that several people were still missing.

According to him, the assailants took control of water resources, worsening the humanitarian situation in the area. He didn’t go into detail.

According to Abbas Mustafa, a local official, officials have sent extra troops to the region. He said that the previous week’s warfare had displaced at least 5,000 households.

Mr. Harward advocated for “neutral combined forces” to safeguard people in the region. “If there is no intervention or mediation, and violence continues, farmers will be unable to cultivate, and the agricultural season will collapse,” he wrote in a series of tweets.

According to Radio Dabanga, the conflict spread to the neighbouring region of North Darfur, causing minor damage to two villages.

The battles in Kulbus have left the United Nations ambassador for Sudan, Volker Perthes, “appalled again again.” “The cycle of bloodshed in Darfur is intolerable, and it reveals core reasons that must be addressed,” he tweeted.

The fighting was the latest in a series of tribal clashes in Darfur. It happened while the country is still reeling from the fallout from an October military coup. The coup upended Sudan’s democratic transition after a popular movement caused the ouster of longstanding tyrant Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

Hundreds of people have been slain in Darfur as a result of outbreaks of tribal violence and rises in fighting since late last year. After a previous outbreak of cashes killed over 200 people in April, the Sudanese military announced the deployment of a battalion to the area.

However, the violence has cast doubt on Sudanese military authorities’ ability to deliver stability to Darfur. The United Nations Security Council discontinued its peacekeeping operation there in 2020. In recent months, local charity workers have urged the United Nations to redeploy peacekeepers to the region, citing an increase in tribal violence.

Darfur’s crisis began in 2003, when ethnic Africans rose against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination. Al-administration Bashir’s has been accused of retaliating by arming local nomadic Arab tribes and unleashing janjaweed forces on civilians, which it denies.

Al-Bashir, who has been imprisoned in Khartoum since his ouster from power in 2019, was accused by the International Criminal Court more than a decade ago for genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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