15,000 People Displaced Following Tribal Violence In Darfur Region

- 29 January 2022 00:12 WIB
A baby clinging on the mother's back. (Annie Spratt/Unsplash)
A baby clinging on the mother's back. (Annie Spratt/Unsplash)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - On-going tribal violence near the western Sudanese City of El Geneina has displaced over 15,000 people.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the conflict was due to personal matters between the two men from the Masalit tribe and an unknown Arab nomadic group in the village of Adikong.

Right after the encounter, an armed nomads group attacked and set the village on fire, killing nine people in the process, two of which are children, UN OCHA reported.

The fighting had also spread to surrounding areas affecting 11,000 locals of El Geneina and roughly 4,500 more fled across the border of Chad.

While El Geneina and its surrounding had an increased violence act last year, roughly half of the people required immediate humanitarian aid.

The area of Darfur region has come to be known as a potential conflict, war-weary area and has reported an increase in violent activities.

According to a UN refugee agency UNHCR, the conflict can be traced back as early as the 2000s–where a conflict in Darfur occurred between rebel groups against government forces and allied militias has led to 300,000 casualties, and approximately 2.5 million lives in camps across the region.

Complaints from the locals kept on coming about the continuing attacks of the militias targeting villages and refugee camps. In response to the violent attack, a joint security force has been dispatched to areas in need, according to Reuters on Thursday (January 27, 2022)

While many people have been displaced, the future and security of the Darfur region remain to be seen following its violent history of conflict, and tribal violence.

Editor: M. A. Wahad

Source: Reuters, The Star, UN News


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