Many flee from stealing, raping militiamen in North Darfur

Pro-government militiamen pillage seven villages in East Jebel Marra, forcing people to flee to Tabit, in North Darfur. Witnesses report that girls were raped. The locality commissioner has asked the people to return home.

Pro-government militiamen robbed the residents of seven villages in East Jebel Marra from Thursday to Saturday, forcing people to flee to Tabit, south of El Fasher in North Darfur.

Displaced witnesses from those villages claimed that pro-government militiamen, driving in 28 Land Cruisers and about 40 camels and horses, also raped seven girls during those days. They told Radio Dabanga that four of these girls were from Kanjara village, and three from Koshna village.

The witnesses also reported the militia’s abduction of girls, and that they stole hundreds of livestock. They estimated that approximately 3,000 inhabitants of these villages fled to Tabit.

Government troops have managed to return parts of the stolen livestock, about 150 cattle. Their return was displayed on Sunday in a ceremony attended by the Commissioner of Tawila locality, in Tabit village. The witnesses said that during the ceremony, the commissioner requested the people to return to their villages again.