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N. Darfur government welcomes upcoming visit of Sudan president

The governor of North Darfur announced he welcomes the visit of the Sudanese president to the state, amid wide negative reactions the event sparked among rebels groups last week.

President Omar al-Bashir is scheduled to travel to El-Fasher, Atina and Al-Tiwaisha next Wednesday and Thursday, 6 and 7 March.

Darfur rebel groups told Radio Dabanga al-Bashir’s visit will not go “smoothly” and urged civilians not to come near the towns he will travel to.

Meanwhile, Nasreddin Baggal Siraj, the commissioner of El-Fasher locality, announced that “all technical and administrative arrangements” to receive the president are completed. He added al-Bashir is scheduled to deliver a speech to the displaced inside the Abu Shouk camp.

Omda Ahmed Ateem, coordinator of North Darfur camps, called al-Bashir’s visit to Abu Shouk “an insult and a provocation” against the displaced who are the victims of the war, when speaking to Radio Dabanga.

“Killing the victim and walking to his funeral”, Ateem said, comparing the president’s journey with a common proverb.

The omda is urging the camp’s population not to receive the president, despite possible intimidations or threats by authorities and by the security services.

Photo: North Darfur Governor Osma Kibir (file)

Related: Sudan president visit to Darfur sparks wide negative reactions (1 March 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/44142

Militias open fire on vehicle of S. Darfur administrative officer

A vehicle carrying the administrative officer of Mershing locality, South Darfur, along with his driver and bodyguard was attacked by pro-government militias who opened fire on it at the Bulbul Abu Jazo Bridge at the Al-Gardud- Kass road on Saturday.

The driver and bodyguards were seriously injured and were transferred to the Nyala Teaching hospital, witnesses told Radio Dabanga. They added that the officer Mahjoub Yusuf Mohamed was not injured.

The gunmen, driving Land Cruisers, looted the belongings of all passengers and escaped with the victims’ vehicle to an unknown destination, sources recounted.

Radio Dabanga file photo

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/44132

Fire destroys 20 houses in Sudan refugee camp, no casualties

Twenty homes were destroyed along with large sums of money and 150 sacks of grain at the Sudanese refugee camp of Djabal in eastern Chad due to a huge fire that broke out over the weekend. No casualties have been reported.

Omda Dawoud Abdul Rasul speaking to Radio Dabanga affirmed the incident, which occurred between Saturday and Sunday, left 120 people without shelter, food or medicine.

He asked humanitarian organizations to provide the camp a firefighting truck.

Radio Dabanga file photo

See also: Fire destroys 25 homes in east Chad camp (18 February 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/44134

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