At least 83 people were killed in outbreaks of violence in Sudan’s West Darfur region. An incident in a refugee camp led to large-scale riots, also outside the camp. News agencies Reuters and AP report this on Sunday and Monday. It was restless in the country all weekend. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply concerned” about this and called on the authorities to de-escalate.
The fight in the camp started with a fist fight, after which an Arab man was stabbed. Members of his Rizeigat tribe subsequently attacked people in the Krinding refugee camp, where a massacre was committed just over a year ago, resulting in dozens of deaths. Most victims were killed by gun violence this weekend. In addition to the dead, some 160 people were injured. Among the (fatal) victims are soldiers, but also civilians and children, according to the doctors association. A curfew was imposed and security forces were sent.
Eyewitnesses told Reuters how they saw groups of people from the refugee camp fleeing to the town of El Geneina, although there was also shooting there. A resident of that camp told the news agency that he had recovered more than ten dead bodies on both Saturday and Sunday. At the time he spoke to the news agency, he himself was hidden in a school building because militiamen were still passing through the camp. The authorities said that during the course of Sunday, calm had returned to some extent.
Sudan is run by a transitional government with both civilian and military forces to end decades of violence. Until two weeks ago, it was announced that the joint UN-African Union UNAMID mission is ending. The purpose of the mission was to end the violence in Darfur. This while research by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) shows that the number of violent incidents is growing in Darfur, and there has been a “significant increase” in violence in West Darfur. By the end of June, all police, military and civilian employees who took part in the mission must have withdrawn.