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Large ‘Misseriya’ crowd forces Darfur seasonal farmers to flee

May 1 - 2013 SHATTAI

Hundreds of displaced families who were returning to their areas of origin in South Darfur in connection with seasonal farming were forced to flee after large Misseriya crowds began arriving from different parts of the region.

One of the farmers told Radio Dabanga on Wednesday that they are “concerned” with the presence of these groups settling in Shattai, “especially because there are so many of them and they are armed”. The farmers fear for “disastrous” consequences if the Misseriya settle in their lands of origin.

Different sources told Radio Dabanga that 37 of these families have recently arrived in Kass, 17 in Kalma and another 18 in Nyala. Farmers are calling upon “all organizations, on the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) and on UNAMID to take notice of this new catastrophe”.

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