Six children freeze to death in North Darfur

Darfur and Sudan News Update by Radio Dabanga (7 – 13 January)

North Darfur, January 13, 2015 (SSNA) — Nine people have died from hunger and intense cold in East Jebel Marra in Darfur, nearby Khazan Tunjar. Among them are six children. Schools in Sudanese states have applied a special schedule for the children to deal better with the cold wave that hit the country last week. A witness from the area told Dabanga that six of the victims, villagers who fled their home town because of pro-government militias, died in Darkoro on Thursday. More villagers are staying in Darkoro with their livestock, without any food or water sources, where they are buffeted by the extreme cold. Four children also died from severe cold and hunger in Wadi Oshara, the witness added. He appealed on the radio to the organisations for displaced people to provide blankets and food to the camps in Darfur. The spokesman for the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association, Hussein Abu Sharati, told Dabanga that the thousands of people who fled East Jebel Marra and Tawila areas because of the attacks by militiamen are living out in the open in Zamzam camp, with no cover or warm clothing.

Schools in Sudan’s Northern state are closed until further notice. Primary and secondary schools in Sudan’s Khartoum and El Gezira states start later in the morning when the cold has drawn off. The Weater Forecast Authority predicted the cold wave to last two weeks. The temperatures in the west of Sudan will range between 3 and 8 degrees Celsius, in the north between 1 and 4 degrees, in central Sudan between 7 and 12, and in the south between 9 and 15 degrees.

56 Darfur students still detained in Sudan’s capital

January 12 – 2015 KHARTOUM A criminal court in Khartoum has set the date for another hearing session in the case against 56 Darfuri students of the University of Bahri for Wednesday 14 January. They face charges of disturbing public order and jeopardising public safety last month. The court acquitted ten freshmen Darfuri students two weeks ago for a lack of evidence. All students were detained during two raids last month. A large force of policemen raided a compound of the university to break up a meeting of the Darfur Students Association on 22 Decemer, during which they used tear gas, a witness reported. Three days later, forces stormed the campus again, this time supported by student members of Sudan’s ruling party NCP. A number of students were beaten and sustained injuries.

Bahri dismissed 33 students for two years on 26 and 27 November, after they had demanded to be exempted from tuition fees. This was in accordance with the Abuja and Doha peace agreements, which grant exemption to Darfuri students. The Darfur Students Union raised questions over their expulsions during a meeting in December.

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