16 April 2018

Sudan: Another Elderly Man 'Tortured to Death' in South Darfur

Mershing — Mousa Mohamed Saleh (72) reportedly died this weekend after severe torture by members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Sudan's main militia, in South Darfur's East Jebel Marra.

A relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga that a group of RSF militiamen in two Land Cruisers and a vehicle belonging to the Military Intelligence intercepted Saleh while he was grazing his cattle, together with his sons, near Rokona village on Saturday morning.

"They questioned him about rebel commanders in the area. When he denied knowing anything about them, they beat him severely and poured hot water on him in front of his sons and grandsons," he said. "They then took him to El Malam."

The relative explained that the RSF took his body to Mershing on Sunday, where they forced his family to accept the body.

The killing of Saleh occurred days after the death of Sheikh Mousa Simbi (80), in a similar incident at the Libei government forces' base in East Jebel Marra.

End March and early April, government forces attacked the areas of Sawani, Rokona, and Libei in East Jebel Marra. The areas are the last strongholds of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW).

The area of Libei is now accommodating more than 50,000 displaced who have fled the military confrontations and militia attacks on their villages.

Activists told this station earlier that the villagers are still living in the open or hiding in caves after their villages burned to the ground.

The UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, arrived in Khartoum on Sunday for a 10-day visit to the country.


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