Within the past three weeks of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, 41 people were abducted and 22 vehicles hijacked in North Darfur, by a group of militia forces stationed near Tawila.
“Those Janjaweed have set up their headquarters in the Uwein Mountains, northwest of Tawila,” a kidnapped man who managed to escape from a militia camp, told Radio Dabanga.
He reported that the militia forces make use of 35 Land Cruisers to terrorise the areas of Tawila, Kutum, Kabkabiya, and Saraf Umra.
“Ten of the vehicles belong to the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, ten others to the Damirat El Gubba militia, led by Abu Kineish, and the rest belongs to militiamen from Kabkabiya and Saraf Umra.”
“The people captured to extort ransom from their relatives, are subjected to beatings and torture,” he reported. “They are tied with ropes and chains, and forced to work as servants”.
He further said that among the vehicles recently hijacked are two Hilux pick-ups from Tawila, and two Nissan lorries hijacked in Zamzam and Abu Shouk.
The escapee described the militiamen as “government-backed terrorists, impoverishing the people by robbing and blackmailing them”.