psychosis prevails in Darfur after new violence

The United Nations and the European Union are concerned about an increase in violence in Darfur, a region in western Sudan. Clashes between indigenous peoples and Arab peoples have erupted since Friday, April 22. The region is under tension.

On Sunday, April 24, a village in Massalit, a non-Arab ethnic minority, was attacked by fighters from Arab tribes. caused more than 150 deaths including 17 children and 27 women, one of the heaviest charges in this region ravaged by decades of war. On Monday, the violence spread to El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur province.

Since the weekend’s violence, El Geneina is under high tension. The streets are empty, the residents locked in their homes for fear of a new attack, this resident explains: “The city is deserted, the inhabitants are trapped in their homes … According to rumors, the city is surrounded by armed militias. On Monday, people panicked when it there were violent clashes in some neighborhoods and residents fled, I saw them fleeing the street, not knowing where to go and carry their suitcases.

A matter of land Disputes between Arab shepherds and African farmers are old, but in recent months violence has escalated, explains the chairman of the Darfur Bar Association. For Salih Mahmoud, with the military coup in October, the Arab militias allied with the regime’s number two, General Hemeti, felt almighty: “Violence has always been for control of the country. The goal of the invaders, the Janjawids, is to reclaim the land of the indigenous people and settle there. The tactics are always the same: attack the villages, destroy them, kill the inhabitants, rape the women, terrorize the displaced people so that they never want to come back. “

According to this organization, almost 20,000 people have been displaced by this new wave of violence.

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