‘Scorched earth policy’: thousands displaced in East Jebel Marra

Darfur and Sudan News Update by Radio Dabanga (31 December – 6 January)
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East Jebel Marra, January 6, 2015 (SSNA) — Militia troops of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and militiamen on camels and horses have begun ‘cleansing’ villages and water resources in the areas north of East Jebel Marra after government forces gained control over the area of Fanga, about 30 km northwest of Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur. The sweep, which began on Thursday evening, was backed by fighter jets of the Sudanese Air Force. “The operations are taking the shape of a scorched earth policy,” a witness told Radio Dabanga. Reportedly about 15,000 residents have sought refuge in the camps for the displaced in Tawila locality, and thousands are also hiding in the mountains of East Jebel Marra region since the large-scale attacks. Radio Dabanga received reports from fleeing people west of Fanga that they passed “dozens of bodies” lying out in the open.

Hundreds of people arrived on Monday in Zamzam camp for displaced people, near El Fasher. “They told us that they had left hundreds more families behind, without water or food,” a sheikh in Zamzam explained. A source in the area reported that RSF troops plundered villages south of the capital of North Darfur on Friday and Saturday. Thousands of livestock were stolen from the villagers. A source from inside Tamarawa village said that militiamen shot dead nine women, who tried to prevent the attackers from stealing cows.

‘Conflicts within Darfur’s LJM’, ‘imbalance in DRA funds’

January 5 – 2015 NYALA Dr El Tijani Sese, head of the Darfur Regional Authority, has admitted the existence of conflicts within the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) he chairs, but denied that they may lead to a split. He told journalists in Khartoum on Saturday that there are no factions within the movement that are reluctant to implement the security arrangements as stipulated in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), for which the Authority is responsible. Simmering conflicts about the delayed execution of the disarmament and reintegration programme seem to have divided the LJM, which was formed in 2010 by factions of rebel groups. With the upcoming general elections in 2015, LJM Secretary-General Bahar Idris Abu Garda intends to transform the movement into a political party, he announced on 28 December. Abu Garda stressed that his group does not intend to split from the LJM.

According to a Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) minister, the body underperforms and neglects development projects in Darfur. Development Minister Tajeldin Bashir Niyam strongly criticised the “large imbalance” the DRA management has caused in its funds and resources, in Nyala on Sunday. “If the funds had been used appropriately, it would have changed many Darfuri lives. But […] the total amount used for projects and infrastructure in Darfur does not exceed $200 million.” Bashir Niyam submitted his resignation last September over disagreements with DRA head Sese, but prominent Darfuri leaders convinced Niyam to stay at his post.

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