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'All villages in Orschi area plundered’: North Darfur MP

January 19 - 2015 UM BARU / KHARTOUM
Rapid Support Forces in East Jebel Marra, 2 January 2015 (Sudan Armed Forces)
Rapid Support Forces in East Jebel Marra, 2 January 2015 (Sudan Armed Forces)

Government militias have pillaged all of the the villages in the Orschi water basin area in Um Baru locality, North Darfur, during the past two weeks. In Um Haraz, northeast of Orschi, even the hospital was plundered.

Speaking to Dabanga, the independent Member of Parliament for Um Baru and Karnoi localities, Mohamed Ahmed Minawi, reported that since government troops and allied militias entered the area, about two weeks ago, “almost all the citizens were robbed.

“The villagers were forced to flee, and take refuge near the Unamid base in Um Baru town.

“During the past days, the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces advanced north”, he added, “and robbed the villagers in the area of Um Haraz of all their belongings, their stocks of food, and their livestock. In Um Haraz, the market was plundered. Even the hospital was raided, and stripped of all its contents, including medicines, and a generator.”

The MP appealed to the Sudan Armed Forces to protect the citizens and their property from the militiamen, stressing that “there are no rebel fighters in the area”.

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