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Up to 40,000 have been displaced by W. Darfur tribal clashes


Residents of Krinding IDP camp gather around the burned remains of makeshift structures in Geneina, Sudan (AP photo)
January 4, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The recent clashes between Massalit and Arab tribes in West Darfur state have displaced some 40,000 people, said UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: (OCHA) in a report on Saturday.

"Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and partners estimate that approximately 40,000 people have been displaced, including 32,000 from three IDP camps (Krinding 1, 2, and Al-Sultan camp), and the rest from Kreding, Bab Al Jenan, Dar Al-Salam, and Dar Alnaiem".

The internally displaced persons (IDPs) have found temporary shelter in different sites in El Geneina including schools, and local government buildings.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo ’Hemetti’ and the state military governor took part Saturday in the funeral of the victims of the crash of the military cargo plane.

OCHA in its report gave a different death toll of the people killed during the tribal clashes saying 54 people have been killed and 60 people injured.

UNAMID on Friday said that the intercommunal violence in West Darfur that left 65 people dead and approximately 54 injured.

The UN agency for humanitarian coordination also gave more details about the ongoing humanitarian response in El-Geneina.

"Initial response has been undertaken by youth groups, national partners, Zeikat Chamber, HAC and SRCS among others, and includes tents, jerrycans, blankets, and food".

Also, registration of needy people will be conducted by IOM, SRCS, and UNHCR in the coming days.

Further, in a meeting held on 2 January, the state health authorities, UN agencies including UNAMID, Sudanese Red Crescent and international aid groups have identified the different humanitarian needs including health, Water, sanitation and hygiene, food, nutrition and Non Food items.


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  • 5 January 2020 14:45, by Mayendit

    Where is Fathi?
    You talk about separation in South Sudan has brought conflict but why there’s clashed in Western Darfur?. No country on both sides South Sudan and Northern Sudan will escape from violence and rebellious because they were shared same attitudes of Nuers people.

    • 10 January 2020 05:26, by Fathi

      Mr. Mayendit,
      Thank you for asking about my view on this. My comments that you mentioned in your post was in response to another comment you made. You can find what I said here: https://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article68793

      • 10 January 2020 05:36, by Fathi

        To answer your question, I believe this happened due to tribalism. First of all, I’m saddened by the violence in Darfur. The people of Darfur deserve peace. Secondly, as SudanTribune said previously ( https://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article68813 ), this was between Massalit and "Arab" tribesmen. This was not government sponsored violence.

        • 10 January 2020 05:48, by Fathi

          I blame the long history of tribalism in the region for this. Best way to address tribalism is through education and social campaigns to address our identity issues. As Dr. Garang suggested, our people shouldn’t divide ourselves into various groups, and instead unite on the fact that we’re all Sudanese.

          • 10 January 2020 05:52, by Fathi

            Blaming the "Nuer attitude" for the lack of peace is exactly the type of tribalism I am talking about.

            • 10 January 2020 05:53, by Fathi

              In regard to these clashes, the government responded by sending a delegation, including our PM and Attorney General, opened investigations in order convict culprits, requested humanitarian aid from UN for people impacted by violence, confiscated weapons from the tribes, got "both tribes not initiate any hostilities", and are working to replace the government of West Darfur.

              • 10 January 2020 05:57, by Fathi

                We haven’t appointed new governors and parliamentary representatives for Darfur because the SRF demanded the peace agreement finalized first as per the Juba agreement. Given the urgency of the situation, the FFC have submitted a list of potential governors for 14 states in Sudan to PM Hamdok.

                • 10 January 2020 06:07, by Fathi

                  In regard to my comments about separation of South Sudan, I don’t believe secession addressed the root cause of problems. I also believe a divided Africa only limits our potential. Furthermore, I don’t deny existence of discrimination (religious, economic, and ethnic) in Sudan.

                  • 10 January 2020 06:12, by Fathi

                    What I wanted to say is that Sudan has been ruled by military dictators 85% of the time since independence and they attempted to remain in power through British divide and conquer tactics, manipulated Islamic principles & laws to consolidate their power and mask their corruption.

                    • 10 January 2020 06:17, by Fathi

                      Through lack of journalistic freedom, government sponsored propaganda to support their wars, and they created an "us vs them" environment between North and South, which resulted in emphasizing the discrimination present in Sudan. Those policies, in one of the most diverse countries in Africa, resulted in our never ending wars.

                      • 10 January 2020 06:23, by Fathi

                        I was just triggered when I read your comment supporting self-determination in South Kordofan and Blue Nile because I know with the right leadership, we can establish a just Sudan where all citizens can be treated fairly regardless of religion and ethnic/tribal background. I apologize if my response upset you.

                        • 10 January 2020 06:31, by Fathi

                          My family doesn’t live Sudan anymore but I visit Khartoum every other year. I know the people out there have huge hearts and have a high moral code. They are capable of overcoming any ethnic & religious divide. They must in order to reunite our people.

                          • 10 January 2020 06:32, by Fathi

                            Lastly, here is a video of PM Hamdok visiting our brothers in Kauda with our brother Al-Hilu. 40 thousand Nuba people came to greet him. The people have the same hope for peace, equality on the basis of citizenship, and justice.

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