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Central Darfur displaced condemn redistribution of land

The displaced persons who fled from the area of Al Malam in South Darfur since 2003 and settled in camps at Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, have “unanimously refused and condemned” a decision by state governor Yusuf Tibbin to distribute the lands from which they fled to what they called “the new settlers of Al Malam”.

The decision by the governor to re-zone the Al Malam area as “model villages” in terms of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), has prompted the displaced to appeal to humanitarian and human rights organisations to intervene on their behalf.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from Zalingei, a representative of the displaced from Al Malam underscored that “the settlement at Zalingei is temporary”.

He pointed out that the displaced had fled their homes and lands “due to the circumstances of war and security”, stressing that they intend to return to their lands and homes once security is restored and a comprehensive peace achieved.

File photo by Albert González Farran/Unamid

Related: Displaced ‘reject Central Darfur model villages’: Sheikh (4 July 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54509

Militiamen rob vehicles during Eid Al Fitr in South Darfur

Militias allegedly armed by the government robbed passengers of two commercial vehicles in two separate incidents in South Darfur. They took money and goods destined for the celebrations of the end of the holy month of Ramdan, or Eid Al Fitr.

The first event occurred between Duma and Guruf in Marshang, where the militants at gunpoint beat the passengers and robbed their money and mobile phones, according to sources.

One witness disclosed to Radio Dabanga that one of the passengers, the displaced Rania Mohamed Khalid, had all of her money and clothes stolen which were destined to her family for the celebration of Eid. She was also carrying SDG2,500 ($567) for relatives, which was also taken.

The second incident occurred between Manawashi and Marshang, where militants robbed the money, mobile phone, and laptop of an employee of the Zalingei locality of Central Darfur, who was on his way to see his family.

He was also carrying the salary of a teacher of the Zalingei University to give it to the professor’s relatives, which was stolen. Chicken merchant Saifuddin Mohamed Abu Al Qasim had SDG500 ($113) stolen during the same incident.

File photo

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54449

Injured camel sparks militia-displaced stand-off in West Darfur

Armed militiamen have threatened to kill a displaced person from Sirba camp in West Darfur, or to invade and plunder the market, unless the displaced pay them SDG20,000 ($4,500) compensation for an injured camel.

A spokesman for the Sirba displaced, Mohamed Yahiya, told Radio Dabanga that the pro-government militiamen found one of their camels with a broken leg.

“They then demanded the compensation. The Sheikh of the displaced offered to pay them SDG3,000 ($680) but they refused, threatening to kill one of the displaced, or invade and loot the market, unless the full SDG20,000 is forthcoming.”

Yahiya appealed to the authorities to intervene to resolve the matter.

As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, tensions have risen between farmers and armed herdsmen during the planting season, with farmers complaining of armed militiamen grazing camels and other livestock on their farms, and threatening them at gunpoint if they confront them.

Related:

‘North Darfur planting season failing due to grazing livestock, shortages’: farmers (7 August 2013)

‘Herdsmen graze livestock on Darfur farms at gunpoint’: farmers (31 July 2013)

Concerns of farm failure for displaced in Central Darfur (30 July 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54423

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