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Darfur: Militiamen rape, terrorise Jebel Marra residents

November 12 - 2015 DALI / EAST JEBEL MARRA
Camel men enter a village in Darfur (file photo)
Camel men enter a village in Darfur (file photo)

Two women were raped and farmers abused near villages in East Jebel Marra, in attacks by militiamen that they have continued for three weeks. They also stole livestock and food from the victims.

On Thursday afternoon, a 28-year-old woman was harvesting beans in Koshinga area, seven kilometres north of Tabit. Militiamen attacked her and raped her, a witness reported. They made off with the beans she had collected.

The witness further reported to the station that pro-government militiamen riding camels raped a 25-year-old woman in her home in Masalit, five kilometres west of Tabit, on Wednesday night.

Dali, Masalit, Karfalla, and Koshinga also witnessed attacks from armed camel herders on the farms in the area on Wednesday and Thursday. The herders beat the farmers with sticks and rifle butts, or hit them with whips. They forced the farmers off their farms when they attempted to prevent the camels and other livestock from entering the lands, filled with crops.

At 8 pm on Wednesday in Dali, five kilometres west of Tabit, pro-government militiamen wearing military uniforms and riding camels robbed herders of 48 cows, and fled in a westerly direction.

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