Another massacre leaves Darfur in mourning. After more than 80 deaths this weekend in the West, this time it is the southern part of the Sudanese province that is affected. According to local clashes, at least 55 people have been killed and 37 injured, according to local sources. Here, too, it is a matter of struggle between Arab and non-Arab tribes.
With our regional correspondent in Nairobi, Sébastien Németh
The governor announced a curfew and dispatch of reinforcements from the east from Darfur. The Al-Tawil region has been the battleground between the Arab tribe of Rizeigats and the non-Arab tribe of Fallatas after a murder followed by revenge that had already left several dead a week ago. The two societies regularly collide in a cycle of retaliatory violence that spans decades.
Already last year had a conflict opposite the two groups after the theft of cattle. Mediation led to the signing of an immediate cessation of hostilities in May. Three months later, the leaders of the Rizeigats and Fallatas signed a formal agreement during a reconciliation conference in Nyala.
Lack of infrastructure and access to resources at the heart of tensions
The text included payment for a diya, a financial compensation that the perpetrators pay to their victims. The document also promised the urgent organization of meetings to improve economic opportunities, tar roads, provide water resources, passenger seats for nomads, clinics, schools or even telecommunications networks.
A list that clearly shows that the lack of infrastructure and access to resources is at the heart of the tensions in Darfur. Add to this an anger between the two tribes. Rizeigats was actually allied with the creepy Janjaweed militia especially responsible for ethnic cleansing during the Civil War.