7 January 2013

Sudan: Armed Herders 'Severely Injure' Two Teenagers in Gereida

Gereida — Armed herders severely injured two displaced teenagers as they were leaving the UNAMID headquarters in Gereida, South Darfur, on Sunday, 6 January, sources told Radio Dabanga.

Mohamed Adam Ibrahim, 15 years old, and Mohamed Dahiya Hiima, 16 years old, are in critical condition and were reportedly evacuated to a hospital in Nyala for treatment.

A displaced from Gereida said that both teenagers, who live at camp Foriyka, had been visiting UNAMID's headquarters where they were given some food and other goods.

On their way back home, they came across a group of three armed herders, who had spent the day shopping in Gereida and tried confiscating the belongings of the victims, the onlooker informed Radio Dabanga.

When the teenagers refused handing in their possessions to the herders, the alleged perpetrators opened fire on both of them, a displaced recounted.

Hiima was critically injured in the abdomen and taken to Nyala hospital for treatment, whereas Ibrahim was "severely beaten with sticks".

According to the onlooker, the incident happened about 100 meters west of the headquarters of UNAMID. He asserted the mission's forces "simply sketched the crime scene" while explaining that the victims' families had contacted the police.

Nevertheless, the displaced continued, the police also only sketched the crime scene and did not try chasing down the perpetrators.

Gereida displaced demanded that UNAMID and local authorities protect them and put an end to attacks.

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