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Popular Front of Sudan claims abduction of oil engineers in West Kordofan

An armed group calling itself the Popular Front of Sudan has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of three foreign oil engineers during an attack on the Kanar oil field in West Kordofan on Friday.

The leader of the group, Fadul Eisa, nicknamed Abu Keiaan, announced that the oil field is still under their control. He stressed that the foreign abductees (two Chinese and an Algerian) are in good health, saying that negotiations have been started with the Chinese authorities for their release.

According to Eisa, eight members of the Sudanese security forces were killed during the attack on the Kanar field on Friday.

Strategic objectives

“All oil fields in West Kordofan are strategic objectives for the Popular Front of Sudan,” Eisa stated. He attributed the reasons for their actions to the Sudanese government’s reluctance to recruit residents of the area for working at the oil fields. “The division of wealth and power in Sudan is very unbalanced. Besides, the Sudanese government is using the oil resources for the killing of citizens.”

The group leader stressed that the group would not permit the continuation of oil fields exploitation in West Kordofan State. He called upon all residents in the state to “stay away from those oil fields”, and urged China to withdraw its nationals from the West Kordofan oil fields “as soon as possible”.

File photo: Oil well drilling pits in East Darfur (IRIN)

Related:

Oil engineers abducted in Sudan’s West Kordofan (20 April 2014)

Job seekers killed, injured at oil field in Sudan’s West Kordofan (3 March 2014)

Adila oil company disrupted by strike, East Darfur (10 January 2014)

Article source: https://www.radiodabanga.org/node/71632

Non-food relief to be distributed among North Darfur’s displaced

An estimated 8,900 internally displaced people are in need of water and sanitation assistance, as well as food, health services, emergency shelter and non-food relief supplies, in Shagra area, west of El Fasher city.

According to the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) on 17 April, these newly displaced people, who are mostly women and children, fled their homes in rural areas of El Fasher locality in North Darfur. The areas were plundered by the government’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The displaced currently share resources -including food- with the community in Shagra. In response to their needs, the government has distributed 4,000 kilos of millet, 470 kilos of sugar, 100 kilos of lentils, and cooking utensils, the HAC stated. Unicef has distributed nutrition supplement cartons and sleeping mats for children.

The government RSF was formed in August last year under the command of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and are locally named Janjaweed militiamen. “They are in Darfur to fight the armed opposition movements,” Maj. Gen. Abbas Abdel Aziz, the RSF commander, stated late last February.

Relief items to Saraf Umra’s displaced

Meanwhile, some 1,900 newly displaced people in Kereinik locality should receive non-food relief supplies this week, according to the international World Relief (WR) organisation.

WR has submitted its request for distribution to the UNHCR in Khartoum. It has registered almost 2,000 people in the villages of Hashab, Um Tajok, Abu Joka, and Sanidadi who are in need of relief supplies. They have fled their homes in North Darfur’s Saraf Umra area following attacks of the militias under the command of Musa Hilal in early March this year.

According to the UN humanitarian office (OCHA), an estimated 105,000 newly displaced in North Darfur have returned to their areas of origin over the past week. However, “224,000 people remain displaced across the Darfur region”, since they had to flee attacks on their villages in North and South Darfur since February this year.

File photo: Market area of Saraf Umra, North Darfur, with some burnt buildings at the background as a result of the violence at the start of March 2014 (Albert González Farran, Unamid)

Related: ‘Sudan security denies Unamid and Unicef access to North Darfur camp’: sheikh (31 March 2014)

Article source: https://www.radiodabanga.org/node/71644

Darfur civil society critical of officials praising Rapid Support Forces

Darfur civil society organisations have sharply criticised Sudanese officials and ministers for praising the efforts of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in fighting rebels.

In a press conference in Khartoum on Wednesday a coalition of 12 Darfuri civil society organisations launched a scathing attack on Sudanese government members for praising the RSF. “The SRF militias, under the command of the National Intelligence and Security Services, seemingly have been commended for the burning of hundreds of villages in South and North Darfur since February this year; for killing, wounding, raping, and looting the property of innocent civilians, and causing the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Darfuri people,” they stated during the press conference.

The civil society coalition demanded an immediate withdrawal of the “Rapid Support militias” from the region.

The acting head of the Popular Organisation for Development in Darfur, Mohamed Eisa Aliyu accused government officials of being involved in igniting and continuing the war in Darfur for “their own material gains”. He also accused the National Congress Party of “taking the position of the Second Vice President as hostage”.

“If the Sudanese government is serious about a broad national dialogue, as proposed by President Al Bashir in January this year, it should declare a cease-fire on its part. It should also give sufficient guarantees to the armed movements to freely engage in the dialogue, including international monitoring.”

El Amin Mahmoud, secretary-general of Darfur Peace, demanded the participation of Darfuri civil society organisations in the national dialogue. “Darfur should be part and parcel of any future solution.”

Security apparatus

Radio Dabanga reported in December last year that Border Guards Commander, Mohamed Hamdan, better known as Hemeti, had began to recruit large numbers of young Darfuris in September and October. They were to be trained as paramilitary troops in camps near Khartoum, in order to fight along with the Sudanese army in South Kordofan.

Large numbers of these militiamen were stationed in the area near El Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan from the end of 2013 onwards. After fierce protests of the population against their widespread assaults, they were expelled from North Kordofan mid February. The Governor of North Kordofan State, Ahmed Haroun, explained in a statement at the time that those militias are called Rapid Support Forces, being regular troops belonging to the operations body of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

The RSF are commanded by Major General Abbas Abdel Aziz, who stated that his troops’ movements and deployment in military operations are arranged in coordination with the General Command of the Sudanese army. “They are in Darfur to fight the armed opposition movements.”

File photo: A house on fire in a village located southeast of Nyala, March 2014 (Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre)

Related:

More than 224,000 new displaced in Darfur yet to return (24 April 2014)

Darfur conflicts displace 100,000 in one week (12 March 2014)

‘Rapid Support Forces in Darfur to fight rebels’: General (26 February 2014)

$3 million for withdrawal of North Kordofan’s Janjaweed (14 February 2014)

Janjaweed ‘causing chaos’ in North Kordofan capital (7 February 2014)

Article source: https://www.radiodabanga.org/node/71657

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