Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

18 November 2012

Sudan: 'Settlements Largest Threat to Peace in Darfur'

Saraf Omra — Residents from Dankoj, Naseem and Jebel camps in Saraf Omra locality, North Darfur, disclosed to Radio Dabanga on Friday November 16 that new settlers have changed the names of their villages of origin.

The name changes have been made after the indigenous population has been displaced as a result of attacks by the Government of Sudan (GoS) and its militias, a displaced person added.

A displaced person explained in an interview with Radio Dabanga that the new settlers have caused a widespread demographic change in the area of Wadi Barry, which connects North Darfur to Central Darfur.

Names changed

He disclosed that some villages' names have been changed, for example: Jebel Kadees is now called Alwaha, Singo became Doha, Bordeau is now called Jimal Lummat, Buram Buram became Waha East, Albela village is now called Riyadh, and Tubou Jerto became Almalumma, Aotorreh is now called Nagah, and Timber village became Alraigeen.

Additionally, the camp resident blamed the international community for reportedly ignoring the issue of the new settlers and the demographic change it has created, which has been imposed by the GoS and its militias.

He explained that the settling constitutes the largest threat to peace in Darfur, emphasizing that any step towards peace in Darfur should firstly include expelling the settlers from the lands abandoned by its indigenous population due to war, he added to Radio Dabanga.

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