In Sudan, days of violence left at least 48 dead and about 100 wounded in Darfur, the western part of the country. The clashes took place in the region of El Geneina in the western part of the province. A camp for the displaced was attacked and violence spread elsewhere in the area, all against the backdrop of deteriorating security in the region.
as reported from Nairobi, Sébastien Németh
It would be the murder of a man who would have ignited the powder. On Friday, a member of the Arab Rizeigat tribe was reportedly stabbed to death in a market in the Krinding IDP camp. A suspect was arrested, but the victim’s entourage decided to take revenge.
The camp was attacked and dozens of houses burned down. Then the conflict spread with clashes between militias from Arab and non-Arab tribes.
The governor of West Darfur has imposed a curfew on Saturday 16 January with the closure of markets and the ban on all gatherings in the region. Mohammed Abdalla al-Douma called for calm and asked the elders to initiate mediation, but at the same time the security forces were given a mandate to use force to control the situation and arrest the perpetrators of the violence.
The local medical union has rightly asked the Sudanese authorities to secure health centers and organize safe convoys to help the wounded in the field.
The organization also complains about the lack of resources and has asked colleagues from other regions to come and lend a hand to local hospitals.
The Prime Minister organized an emergency meeting. A delegation led by the Advocate will go there, but for the powerful association of professionals, all these measures are insufficient. For her, it is absolutely necessary to strengthen the local forces and, above all, to control the arms trade.
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