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El-Hamidiya: woman attacked by 7 gunmen

August 30 - 2012 EL-HAMIDIYA

A witness from the El-Hamidiya camp in Central Darfur, told Radio Dabanga that seven gunmen attacked a woman inside her farm on Wednesday, 29 August. A relative of the victim said she was beaten until she fainted and taken to a Zalingei hospital for treatment.

According to the witness, Kaltom Mohamed Mansour was attacked by gunmen who were wearing military uniforms. Mansour's relative blames pro-government militia for carrying out attacks in the Locality.

The relative said he found Mansour inside her farm, located north of the El-Hamidiya camp. He added perpetrators beat her with sticks and whips until she fainted and that he reported the incident to UNAMID.

The head of community policing from the El-Hamidiya camp, Ahmed Jomaa Nujila, told Radio Dabanga that UNAMID did not fulfill its promise to patrol the camp, despite having a station inside it. According to him, UNAMID had agreed to patrol especially women who go collecting firewood and when they go working in farms.

He calls on UNAMID to protect and patrol the camp's residents, especially the women, from the repeated attacks they suffer from militias. He added UNAMID directs residents' reports about assaults to the Sudanese police before they handle the complaints.

UNAMID could not be reached for comments.

Related content: Young girl raped by gunman in Zalingei, Central Darfur (23 August 2012)


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