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Drought forces herders to move to Nyala, South Darfur

July 28 - 2015 NYALA
Herder water point in Donki Dereisa village, South Darfur (Unamid/Mutaz Munafal)
Herder water point in Donki Dereisa village, South Darfur (Unamid/Mutaz Munafal)

Citizens in South Darfur fear that the absence of rains will have bad consequences for farmers and herders, as the latter are forced to move their cattle to areas surrounding Nyala.

While other parts of Darfur are afflicted by heavy rainfall, rains have been delayed in and around Nyala locality. The local drought has forced a number of herdsmen to move their livestock to the south and east of Nyala, a resident in El Malam locality in East Jebel Marra told Radio Dabanga. “Most of the areas north of Nyala city have not seen rainfall so far.”

He explained that rains usually start from the beginning of June. This year, there have been almost no rains in Manawashi, Mershing, El Malam, Doma, and Shangil Tobaya localities.

“People in these areas have performed prayers and offerings to God, asking for rainfall.”


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