Armed herders drove their livestock onto farms belonging to displaced residents of El Salam camp near Nyala, capital of South Darfur on Monday and Tuesday.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Sheikh Mahjoub Adam Tabaldiya reported that the herders told the farmers in the area of Tabaldiyat village that they will beat them if they drive the animals from their farms.
“The herdsmen threatened that they will treat them as cattle thieves if they take any action to remove the livestock,” the camp sheikh explained.
The delayed rainfall in Nyala locality this year forced herders to move their cattle to areas surrounding the South Darfur capital.
Tabaldiya added that the South Darfur authorities should realise that crimes do not take place in urban areas only, and that the residents of rural areas are also in need of protection.
The South Darfur government recent re-enforced the strict security measures imposed last year in Nyala to curb the rampant criminality in the city.