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Boy killed as militiamen shoot at children in North Darfur

February 19 - 2018 KABKABIYA
Gunmen in Darfur (file photo)
Gunmen in Darfur (file photo)

A 15-year-old boy was shot dead and mutilated by militiamen near Sortony camp for the displaced in North Darfur on Saturday morning. In response, the camp residents marched to the Unamid base in the neighbourhood calling for protection.

“Ahmed Adam Ali was collecting firewood with three other boys not far from the camp, when a group of militiamen suddenly began to shoot at the children for no reason,” the head of the Sortony Women and Children Coordination Unit told Radio Dabanga.

“Ahmed was hit in his leg. The other boys managed to escape and reach the camp,” she said.

“It seems that the attackers were not satisfied with this as they completed their crime by firing more bullets into Ahmed’s chest and head, causing his instant death. They then mutilated his body.”

The incident led to an angry reactions in the camp. Large numbers of displaced marched to the Sortony base of the UN-AU peacekeeping mission and called for protection.

“They demanded Unamid to bring the body of the boy to a morgue in Kabkabiya, report the incident to the authorities, and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the camp coordinator reported.

She added that the child’s body was transferred to Kabkabiya Hospital. “He was buried in the town’s cemetery after the completion of all required legal measures.”

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