Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile came under attack on Tuesday in Upper Nile’s Maban county as the security situation rapidly deteriorated, a Kampala-based think tank said.
According to the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), the incident occurred when as unidentified armed group of people wearing military fatigues reportedly from the Maban community attacked civilians in the Yosif Batil camp, home to just under 40,000 refugees.
The exact number of dead and injured has not been confirmed, although more than a dozen people remain unaccounted for, SDFG said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday. A large number of cattle have also been reported stolen.
Hundreds of refugees have reportedly fled to a nearby NGO compound, while others who remained behind in the camps, including a high number of women and children, remain fearful of further attacks.
Some refugees have already elected to return to areas inside Blue Nile, amid safety fears and a worsening humanitarian crisis.
The security situation in Maban county, where more than 122,000 refugees from Blue Nile are hosted in four separate camps, has remained uncertain since violence flared in South Sudan in mid-December.
SDFG says simmering tensions in areas surrounding the camps has steadily escalated due to frequent confrontations in Upper Nile state between South Sudan’s army (SPLA) forces loyal to the Salva Kiir-led government and troops aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.
State capital Malakal, which changed hands several times at the height of the conflict, was the scene of further violence recently, with rebels reportedly gaining the upper hand.
“The ongoing war in South Sudan has aggravated simmering tensions between the host community and refugees in Maban, which surfaced when the arrival of large numbers of refugees increased the competition for natural resources,” SDFG said in its statement.
It adds that a major confrontation was “was only a matter of time” given the increased deterioration of livelihood options and the availability of small arms within both communities, a hangover from South Sudan’s protracted civil war with the north.
SDFG says pro-Machar forces also led a bid to take control of Upper Nile’s oil fields, including Adar Yel, located in Maban county and in immediate proximity to the refugee camps.
The think tank has warned the consequences could be “catastrophic” if full-scale violence spreads to areas near the camps
Map: Blue Nile
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The head of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRAW) criticised the government for its “complete absence in Darfur” against the backdrop of “the rapidly deteriorating security situation in South Darfur” on Thursday.
Dr Tijani Sese accused “some uncontrolled elements” for the attacks and burning of more than 35 villages in South Darfur during the past week. He stressed that they took advantage after the intervention of the Rapid Support Forces, led by Mohamed ‘Hemeti’ Hamdan, south-east of Nyala to attack the villagers. Speaking at a press conference in Khartoum, Sese called on the government to “direct the forces against the rebels, but not innocent civilians”.
From the burnt villages, 11 were constructed within the framework of the DRA project for voluntary return of displaced people, in line with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, the chairman pointed. “What happens there will not be a catalyst to start in any reconstruction effort in those areas”, Sese stressed.
North Darfur clashes
The leader of the former rebel Liberation and Equality Movement (LJM) further criticised the government’s handling of recent attacks by South Darfur rebel groups, saying “North Darfur suffered a large scale attack and there were no efforts to deal with”.
Darfur rebel forces announced the killing of 48 government troops in El Taweisha locality, and claimed full control of North Darfur’s Alliet, El Taweisha, and Kalamindo localities on Wednesday.
Unamid has reported the burning of a number of villages and the displacement of a large number of civilians in the vicinity of Um Gunja, located approximately 50 km south-east of Nyala, on 27 and 28 February. “More than 15,000 people fled their homes, the majority has taken refuge in Kalma and El Salam camps”, the UN resident coordinator of development and humanitarian affairs in Khartoum, Adnan Khan, said.
File photo: Camp for the displaced in Nyala locality
Rebel forces claim control of North Darfur localities (5 March 2014)
DRA head announces 2014 development and rehabilitation budgets for Darfur (11 February 2014)
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A clash between members of the Salamat and Tama tribes in Bindisi, Central Darfur, resulted in the closure of schools, government institutions, and shops, as well as citizens fleeing to their homes on Wednesday.
A witness told Radio Dabanga that the clash broke out at about 3 pm between elements of the Salamat and Tama at the market of Bindisi. One man, the internally displaced Mubarak Mohamed Abakar, was wounded. As a result, shops were closed and citizens fled to their houses.
The source added that the fighting tribesmen fled from the market when police forces intervened and fired dense shot into the air. “There are crowds of Salamat and Tama members west and east of the town.”
Schools, government institutions, and shops were closed for the second consecutive day on Thursday. Citizens have stayed home in fear of renewed fighting between the tribes.
File photo: Central Darfur market (Albert González Farran / Unamid)
Related: Misseriya, Salamat tribes clash at Bindisi market, Central Darfur (24 October 2013)
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