Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

31 December 2012

Sudan: Gunmen Attack Displaced - One Killed, Two Injured

Gereida — A displaced man from Gereida camp in South Darfur has allegedly been killed by pro-government militiamen and two others were wounded in the same incident on Wednesday, 26 December.

A female camp activist told Radio Dabanga that around 30 militiamen on camels shot three displaced people who were collecting hay in an area about 3 kilometers south of Gereida. She added that Yasser Osman Ahmed died on the spot and that both Abbas Abdul Rahman and Dugush Suleiman were seriously wounded in the attack.

She revealed that the Gereida hospital administration charged an amount of 1400 Sudanese pounds for operating Abbas Abdul Rahman and Dugush Suleima; which the victims cannot afford. The activist appealed to humanitarian organizations and those 'with merciful hearts' to save the lives of both victims.

"Tragic living conditions"

Meanwhile, displaced people from Gereida have described their living and health conditions as 'tragic'. They added that they are not able to leave the camp to make a living or even to go shopping out of fear for attacks and other repeated violations by 'pro-government' militiamen.

They disclosed that 12,000 Sudanese pounds had been paid to the Popular Defense Forces commander of the area to recover the livestock and large amounts of money looted by pro-government militiamen, however he has not returned any livestock nor returned any of the 12,000 pounds so far.

Furthermore, the displaced have complained that Gereida hospital only executes surgical operations if the procedure is paid in advance. They added that many sick and wounded displaced died as a result of their inability to pay the fees in advance.

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