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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

North Darfur girl abducted, gang raped for two days

A 14-year-old girl who was abducted from a village about 17 kilometres west of Kabkabiya in Nouth Darfur on Friday evening, is recovering in hospital after a two-day gang-rape ordeal.

A member of the girl’s family told Radio Dabanga that “she was abducted at gunpoint by pro-government militiamen while tending a farm near to the village with her 65-year-old grandmother”.

It reportedly took a group of citizens to free her from her captors, who had allegedly taken turns to rape her continuously over two days. The group who freed her managed to arrest one of the alledged perpetrators.

“They handed him over to the commander of the region, Sheikh Musa Hilal demanding that he be punished,” the relative said.

The girl was admitted to Kabkabiya hospital in a serious condition.

Child brides

The displaced of the camps in Sirba locality, West Darfur, have highlighted the violence suffered by women who are married-off too young.

A woman activist from Abu Suruj camp told Radio Dabanga that the parents of schoolgirls in the camps are marrying their daughters at an early age, taking them out of basic education.

The activist branded this trend “systematic violence against women”, appealing via Radio Dabanga to the parents in the camps not to do this.

She believes women must have active role in the community, and demanded the extension of women’s rights to the rural areas and small communities of Darfur.

“The women’s rights in Darfur, especially in the rural areas, are so abused that the women do not even know their rights are being abused,” she asserted.

As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, in a statement on Darfur to the UN Security Council in June, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, highlighted “the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war” as one of the crimes for which “impunity must end”.

File photo: Activists are calling for “the extension of women’s rights” to Darfur’s rural women (The girl featured in this photo is not mentioned in the article) (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

South Darfur police refuse to file rape report of 17-year-old (2 August 2013)

Women grab AK-47, drive-off would-be rapists in West Darfur (22 June 2013)

Seven women, including three schoolgirls gang-raped in West Darfur (21 June 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54271

Sirba camp schools in West Darfur ‘neglected’: sheikh

A shortage of teachers and books, as well as high tuition fees, head a list of complaints to the Ministry of Education of West Darfur by the displaced of the Sirba camps.

A sheikh complained to Radio Dabanga of “the neglect of Sirba’s schools”. There is an acute shortage of teachers,” he said, appealing to the Ministry of Education and “those concerned with educational affairs to reform the educational environment, provide school teachers and reduce tuition fees”.

The sheikh also voiced concern that “a humanitarian disaster might occur in the camp due to a shortage of food, as well as signs of the failure of the agricultural season”.

He described the situation of the displaced as “tragic, as humanitarian organisations have halted provision of food for more than a year”.

The sheikh also complained that nomadic herders bring their livestock to graze in agricultural areas, in spite of repeated protests to the locality’s authorities.

File photo by Albert González Farran/Unamid

Related:

‘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/54162

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