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Eastern Sudan tribal truce extended

September 23 - 2020 KASSALA
Property torched and a tribesmen ready to fight in Kassala in May (Social media)
Property torched and a tribesmen ready to fight in Kassala in May (Social media)

Leaders of the eastern Sudanese Beni Amer and Habab tribes on the one hand and of Nuba tribesmen living in Kassala on the other hand have extended their cessation of hostilities agreement for the fourth time.

Nuba tribesmen and members of the Beni Amer and Habab clashed in Kassala in May. The fighting that lasted three days left eight dead and more than 80 injured. Following reconciliation efforts by tribal leaders and the deployment of a government security force, calm returned in the town.

The extended agreement has a duration of two months.

The parties to the conflict emphasised their efforts towards fulfilling all requirements of the agreement. They expressed their keenness to settle the issue definitively. Steps that have been taken, reflect the extent of the commitment of the various parties. The leaders who signed the extension believe that the agreement will not be violated.

Arbab El Fadul, Secretary General of the Kassala government and the governor’s representative to the parties to the conflict, lauded the “good spirit” during the signing of the new agreement.

The Beni Amer and Habab clans are both Beja people. The Nuba community in Kassala consists of people from various tribes in South Kordofan, who came to search for work as farmworkers in eastern Sudan, and settled in the town.

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