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Militiamen threaten and extort displaced in Saraf Umra, North Darfur

August 14 - 2015 SARAF UMRA
Saraf Umra locality, on the border of North Darfur state.
Saraf Umra locality, on the border of North Darfur state.

In another retaliation case in a camp in Saraf Umra locality, militiamen threatened to kill a displaced man unless he pays a ransom for an incident with a militia member that happened years ago.

The coordinator of Dankoj camp in North Darfur state, Sheikh Abdelrazeg Yousef Suleiman, told Radio Dabanga on Thursday that the man has to pay the remaining SDG10,000 ($1,630) of the demanded SDG15,000 ($2,445) to the group of militiamen in the coming week.

“Khamis Ali Nouredin paid SDG5,000 ($815) to the militiamen when they confronted him last week, and threatened to kill or abduct him, if he did not pay a ransom for beating a militia member fifteen years ago,” the coordinator explained.

Nouredin has borrowed the 5,000 pounds from a dealer. “He does not have the remaining amount.”

It is unclear why the militiamen demand a compensation, years after the incident.

Currently, a group of militiamen demands ransoms and compensations for their causes from the people living in camps in Saraf Umra. They abducted three sheikhs from Dankoj camp in the beginning of this month, and extorted a farmer from El Jebel camp on 11 July.

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