A new blow of violence committed by militias in the conflict region of Darfur, in western Sudan, has caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of displaced, warned this Monday a official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“Credible reports reaching UNHCR in Sudan indicate a terrible number of casualties in Kulbus, West Darfur, after a land dispute escalated into a militia attack on several villages,” said UNHCR’s Chief Situation Coordinator in Darfur. , Toby Harward, on his personal Twitter account.
As a result of this escalation of violence, there were “almost 100 deaths and thousands of displaced people in neighboring towns,” he added.
Toby Harward highlighted the need for joint forces, created last December by the Sudanese government with members of the regular army and the rebel armed movements, with which it signed a peace agreement last year, to restore order in the area and protect the civilian population and for local community leaders to initiate a dialogue.
Darfur, which experienced an ethnic civil war between 2003 and 2008 with more than 300,000 dead and 1.8 million displaced and where there was a UN peacekeeping mission until 31 December 2020, is the scene of frequent attacks of violence, mainly due to tribal conflicts.
The UNHCR coordinator in the region warned that if violence continues in the area, “farmers will not be able to plant and the agricultural season will be lost”, which “will be disastrous for all communities”.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned a few days ago that more than 10.9 million Sudanese, about 30% of its population, are suffering from extreme hunger.
The agency attributed this situation, the worst in the last decade, to internal armed conflicts, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, drought, plagues and economic instability in the region, and anticipated that it could be worsened by the effects of the war in the region. Ukraine.