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Residents blockaded by the Rapid Support Forces in their villages and denied even drinking water - Dobo area - 29th January -3rd Feb 2015

04.02.15

Since the beginning of January 2015 the citizens in Dobo Al-Omda village, Dobo Al-Madrasa and the surrounding villages (Bele-Seraif, Faloja, Tebe and Jaringa….etc.) have been blockaded by the Rapid Support Forces in their villages and not allowed to go to their farms, graze their animals and even to access the drinking water from Fando well in Dobo Al-Omda village or the other nearby wells in the area.

On the 29th January some of villagers from the Dobo area attempted to escape to Shangel-Tobaya area by using a lorry, but they were stopped by the Rapid Support Forces, who killed the driver’s assistant, beat the villagers, and forced them to return to their villages.

On the 31st January Mohammed Haroun Eissa, 76yrs old, from Keyora village, was severely beaten and his hand broken by the RSF members in his farm in Bele-Seraif area.

On 3rd February the RSF abducted four (4) people from their farms in Bele-Seraif area, because they were found in their farms. They took them to an unknown location.

Those who have been abducted:

1- Abo-Zer Mohamed Adam, 60yrs old, from Bele-Seraif

2- Abdallah Abakr, 68yrs, from Leeya village

3- Omar Musa Ishaq, 29yrs, from Bele-Seraif

4- Sammani Mukhtar, 22yrs, from Bele-Seraif

As there is no police station where citizens can seek protection or report a crime or abuses in Dobo area, the Rapid Support Forces are the only official government representatives in the area and can abuse the citizens at will.The Rapid Support Forces are allowing the camel herders to graze their animals in the farms of the citizens of Dobo area.If the men try to access the wells, they are beaten, if women try to do so, they are subjected to sexual harassment, and even rape. The drinking water sources (which are wells) can only be approached by the oldest women, who can only carry a very limited amount of water, due to their age.So insecurity, shortage of water, shortage of food, rape and threats to life are continuing in the Dobo area.

SUDO UK calls on the Government to disband the Rapid Support Forces as well as the Janjaweed as these are consistently committing human rights abuses in Darfur. All those individuals or groups responsible for committing human rights Violations must be brought to justice.

SUDO UK calls on UNAMID to take strong action in order to fulfil its mandate, including its obligation to “prevent attacks against civilians, within its capability and areas of deployment, without prejudice to the responsibility of the Government of the Sudan”, and the requirement “to investigate and hold accountable those who are responsible, and promote efforts to disarm the Janjaweed and other militias”.

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