On Monday 9th February 2015, a lorry transporting food and non-food items, belonging to the Darfur Regional Authority was attacked on its way to Garsila locality, South of Zalingei, near the village of Tanko. The attackers are said to be members of Janjaweed militia group headed by Kibro. The attackers looted all the goods in the lorry, killed the driver, his assistant and the supervisor accompanying the goods and burnt the lorry. Central Darfur authority sent an army convoy behind the attacker, but the contingent was ambushed, two officers and one soldier were killed and 10 injured.
The civilians in Tanko and Garsila are very scared and fearing that these warring groups may retaliate on them.
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”.