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The Failure to Protect The Civilian of Darfur By the Government and the UNAMID 1st Mar 2014

01.03.14

SUDO UK condemns failure by Sudanese Government and UNAMID to control Government militias and the Janjaweed, and to protect civilians in Darfur 

An overview of actions by pro-government militias over just two days( 25th-26th February 2014) shows how far the Sudanese Government and UNAMID are failing to control action by these militias in order to protect the civilian population.

South Darfur:

Angonga – villagers displaced by Janjaweed-25th Feb 2014

Janjaweed forces which were returning from South Kordofan into South Darfur, in order to attack the SLA/Mini Minawi and other rebel groups in Angonga, drove out the civil population in the village of Al-Ladoub between Angonga and Nyala. Since Tuesday 25th February hundreds of villagers have been displaced and fled to Kalma and Al-Salam Camps, Many new IDPs are still arriving at the camps.

Kass – Janjaweed occupy areas north of Kass:

Since Tuesday 25th February 2014 Janjaweed militias returning from South Kordofan to Darfur, have set up tents in Lowri Fefil, Dwor, Gummayat Al-Lalobah and Terken north of Kass. The Civilians informed the Commissioner and the Sudanese army commander in the area, the Sudanese army commander in chief ordered these militias to dismantle their tents and evacuate the area but they refused saying they do not take orders from him but from Khartoum. The civilian population in Kass area are in fear that these Janjaweed will attack them, loot their belongings and rape the women. As a result tension in the area is rising high.

Kalma– 10-year-old girl gang raped by 3 janjaweed.

On Tuesday 25th February 2014, a 10-year-old girl who was delivering food to her father in a farm in Wadi Birli, south-east of Kalma camp, was stopped by three armed Janjaweed who then raped her in front of the residents, The girl was later transferred to Nyala hospital after her family obtained Form 8 (This is the Form usually obtained from a police station before a rape victim is treated in hospital). Although the gang rape lasted over an hour, no police nor UNAMID forces intervened and the Janjaweed members escaped, leaving the girl unconscious.

Otash Camp – 3 Janjaweed loot and beat up Camp inmates

On Wednesday 26th February 2014 three janjaweed militia members entered Otash IDP camp near Nyala. They beat up some of the IDPs, taking their mobiles and their clothes, forcing them to return home naked. Neither the police stationed in the camp nor UNAMID intervened. The Next day IDPs demonstrated at the nearby UNAMID camp asking them either to protect the IDPs or go. UNAMID officers in the camp told the IDPs that they were executing their duties according to their mandate.

Dereig Camp – One killed and another wounded

Janjaweed militia members shot Yagoub Abkr outside Dereig camp and looted his motor cycle. They attempted to rape Halima Saeed who was outside the camp, when she resisted she was shot dead.

North Darfur

El Fasher – government militias terrorize civilian population

On the night of Wednesday 26 February, the night police patrol in El Fashir killed Mohammed Ali, a member of a pro-government militia based in a quarter known as Abu Karshola inside El-Fashir. On Thursday the following morning, the militia members gathered in front of the main police station demanding that the body of the deceased militia member be handed over. However, the militias were forced to leave after the arrival of reinforcements from the military police. Afterwards the militias roamed through the streets of the city terrorizing the civilian population. Sporadic gunshots were heard during the day and the night putting the population in much fear.

RECOMMENDATIONS

To the GOVERNMENT

SUDO UK calls on the Government to disband the Janjaweed and all other militias.

SUDO UK calls on the Government to ensure that its army and police actively protect the local population throughout the country.

To UNAMID

SUDO UK calls on UNAMID to take strong action in order to fulfill 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 monitor, verify and promote efforts to disarm the Janjaweed and other militias”.

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