16 March 2014

Sudan: 10,000 Flee Militia Attacks On Darfur's East Jebel Marra

Tawila — About 10,000 people, displaced from East Jebel Marra arrived at the area of Tawila town in North Darfur on Saturday. They had fled from attacks by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

A Tawila camp sheikh told Radio Dabanga that about 10,000 newly displaced arrived on Saturday evening, coming from the areas of Tarny, Khartoum Belleil, and Konjara in East Jebel Marra.

The escapees told the Tawila camp leaders that the "Rapid Support militias, led by Hemeti" had launched an attack on their areas on Saturday morning. "The Janjaweed set their villages on fire, and stole their money, belongings, and their livestock."

"A number of the newly displaced found refuge in the Dali and Argo camps in Tawila locality. Others are camping in the open, without shelter, food, water, or medicines, near the outskirts of Tawila."

The sheikh appealed to the Sudanese authorities and humanitarian organisations to accelerate the provision of relief to the newly displaced.

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