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Again, farmers abducted in North Darfur’s Tawila

May 8 - 2017 TAWILA
A family returns home after all day farming the land outside Gireida, South Darfur, during the rainy season (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
A family returns home after all day farming the land outside Gireida, South Darfur, during the rainy season (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

Two farmers were abducted by unknown gunmen in Tawila locality on Sunday.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a farmer reported from Mashrou Abu Zeid, east of Katur in Tawila locality, that he and other villagers were cultivating their farms, when four armed men driving a Land Cruiser intercepted them.

“They ordered us to immediately leave the area, because they are liberated lands,” he said. “Abdelmajid Yousif and Mahjoub Suleiman objected, which prompted the militants to force them at gunpoint to embark their vehicle. They then left with them to an unknown destination.”

On 20 April, farmers El Hadi Ibrahim and Yousif Haroun were abducted in the area of Katur by three armed herders on camels. The incident was reported to the commander of Katur garrison.

Farmers and firewood collectors in the area repeatedly complain of assaults by gunmen from Darfur or western Africa, who tell them they do not have the rights to use “the liberated land”. Darfur displaced as well complain about “new settlers” from among militiamen in Darfur or neighbouring countries occupying their villages and farms. 


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