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More Than 15,000 People Displaced in New Darfur Violence

More Than 15,000 People Displaced in New Darfur Violence

Thursday, 27 January, 2022 - 18:30
A UN peacekeeper in Sudan's Darfur. Reuters file photo

Renewed tribal violence near the western Sudanese city of El Geneina over the past week has displaced more than 15,000 people, the United Nations said.

The war-weary Darfur region has seen an increase in violence recently, humanitarian groups say, which analysts link to a peace deal signed in October 2020 that has led to some groups to jostle for power while not adequately addressing security concerns.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, a personal dispute in the village of Adikong between two men from the Masalit tribe and an unspecified Arab nomadic group sparked the conflict.

Armed nomads attacked the local market, set fire to part of the village, and killed nine people including two children, it said.

The fighting, which spilled over into other villages, caused 11,100 people to be displaced within the El Geneina locality, and an estimated 4,500 others to flee across the border to Chad.

A joint security force was dispatched to the area, Reuters quoted the UN statement as saying.

El Geneina and the surrounding area saw several incidents of violence in 2021, and more than half of residents are in need of humanitarian aid according to UN estimates.

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