Lest any think that ethnically-targeted violence in Darfur has ended, recent dispatches from Radio Dabanga and other sources should serve as a sharp correction. Khartoum’s regular forces (Sudan Armed Forces/SAF), as well as its militia allies (especially the Rapid Support Forces/RSF) continue their brutal assaults and predations—often before the very eyes of UN/African union “peacekeeping” force.
Some of the incidents reported below (by Radio Dabanga) are connected to the major military assault the Khartoum regime ordered in rebel-controlled areas near Jebel Marra—but many are not. The sheer geographic diversity of the assaults suggests how violent Darfur as a whole remains, and how terrifyingly insecure the region remains for those displace persons—overwhelmingly of non-Arab/African ethnicity—by violence over the past 15 years.
That there is no international response of significance to this violence—and that it has been left for a weak, incompetent, and much reduced UN/African Union Mission (UNAMID) to control—is a sign of how invisible the Darfur genocide has become. Once a “human rights cause célèbre,” Darfur has been almost wholly abandoned. And once Khartoum decides to move aggressively with its long-promised plans to dismantle IDP camps, those forced from the camps will be extremely difficult for humanitarian relief workers to access, even as access is already badly compromised by various regime-imposed measures. This has had terrible effects on the roughly 3 million people the UN acknowledges are either internally displaced or refugees in eastern Chad.
More than half a million people have already died from the direct and indirect effects of genocidal counter-insurgency violence. Many tens of thousands of girls and women—yet again, overwhelmingly non-Arab/African—have been the victims of the cruelest sexual violence. And the worst of the dying and suffering may very well be yet to come…
• Rapid Support Forces militiamen plunder market in Darfur’s Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, March 26, 2018 | JEBEL MARRA
Two people were wounded in an attack reportedly by paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on villagers in southern Jebel Marra on Saturday. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, listeners said that RSF troops riding in 25 Land Cruisers, backed by others on more than 70 camels and horses, shot a group of people on their way to the weekly market of Kara on Saturday afternoon.
“When the janjaweed neared the market, they began shooting around them. Adam Waddoura and Amran Ahmed were seriously wounded by the bullets,” a villager reported. “They then proceeded to the market, where they beat the people with their whips and sticks before they plundered the shops and robbed all the customers of their goods, money, mobile phones, and donkeys.
RSF plunder weekly market market in Kara, Jebel Marra
• Darfur: Deadly fighting continues in east and south Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, March 23, 2018 | JEBEL MARRA
Fierce fighting is reportedly ongoing across wide areas to the east and south of Darfur’s Jebel Marra, following movement of government forces and militias on rebel-held positions this week.
The fighting has left an unknown number of civilians and combatants dead and wounded, and displaced thousands. On Thursday afternoon, fleeing civilians told Radio Dabanga that Sara Ali Haroun and three of her children Musab, Hassan, and Hussein were killed during the fighting at Sina area southeast of Jebel Marra, which are the last strongholds of the forces of the mainstream Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW).
One of the survivors of the fighting told Radio Dabanga, that yesterday the clashes were renewed north of Sina area which was captured by the government forces from the movement on Wednesday.
He said thousands of families have been displaced from Feina area after government forces and their militias burned all the food stocks in the villages and left the civilians in a very poor humanitarian situation. He appealed to humanitarian and human rights organisations to urgently intervene to save thousands of fleeing civilians and provide food and urgent protection to them.
Some of those displaced by recent violence in Jebel Marra
• Civilians dead, many left homeless as Sudan forces strafe rebel positions in Darfur’s Jebel Marra | Radio Dabanga, March 22, 2018 | JEBEL MARRA
Three civilians were sh
ot dead and 12 others were wounded in an attack launched by government troops and militia at Feina and Dawa areas in East Jebel Marra on Wednesday morning. Witnesses have reported ‘heavy military casualties’ but no exact figures are available yet. The areas are the last stronghold of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW) south of Jebel Marra. Reports of many displaced continue to reach this station (see pictures). Ezzeldin Sambala, the movement’s military spokesman, told Radio Dabanga that “the government forces attacked the movement’s positions, which led to the displacement of civilians from their homes. He said that villages were burned and the livestock seized. It is a humanitarian disaster for the people.
More of those displaced by violence in Jebel Marra
• Militiamen besiege Dambar in Central Darfur | Radio Dabanga, March 26, 2018 | DAMBAR
Security tensions in the southeast of Mukjar locality in Central Darfur have caused the closure of the Dambar Market since Friday. “A large group of heavily armed militiamen on motorcycles surrounded the market of Dambar on Friday morning,” a resident of the town reported to Radio Dabanga. “Fearing an attack, the traders immediately closed their shops and stalls.”
The source said that the reasons for the siege are unknown. “They just came out of the blue,” he said.
• Central Darfur sheikh abducted, merchants beaten by Rapid Support Forces | Radio Dabanga, March 20, 2018 | DIMO
The Sheikh of Dimo village, 35 km north of Nierteti in Central Darfur, was beaten and abducted by members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia on Saturday. The militia also beat two market traders.<