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North Darfur: Warnings about deteriorating security situation

March 18 - 2021 KUTUM / NYALA
Last month's meeting between the Sudan Liberation Army and the Minister of Defense to discuss joint armed forces in Darfur (SUNA)
Last month's meeting between the Sudan Liberation Army and the Minister of Defense to discuss joint armed forces in Darfur (SUNA)

The Forces for Freedom and Change, the Sovereignty Council, and the Sudan Liberation Movement addressed the deterioration of the security conditions in Kutum, North Darfur. They highlighted the widespread presence of militias and the frequent security violations in the outskirts of Kutum. Kalma camp in South Darfur was attacked on Tuesday night.

Yahya El Khumus, a leading member of the FFC in Kutum, told Radio Dabanga told Radio Dabanga that the two parties discussed the necessity to expedite the formation of the joint forces to protect civilians.

The meeting emphasised the importance of unity and joint action for the implementation of the peace agreement.

Last month, the Sudan Liberation Movement’s Commander-in-Chief, Lt Gen Juma Hajar, met with Minister of Defence Maj Gen Yasin Ibrahim to discuss the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement in Darfur, especially the file on joint armed forces.

According to the Juba Peace Agreement, these forces should be “composed of the armed forces, the police, and the forces of the movements that have signed the peace agreement".

At the moment a joint security force, consisting of Central Reserve Police, Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), and Rapid Support Forces (RSF), was deployed in West Darfur.

In North Darfur, the Peace Shield Forces have been deployed. The foces were formed from paramilitaries of the RSF government militia in order to protect the people in Darfur following the exit of the joint UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).  

Combatants of rebel movements are not represented in these joint forces.

There have been numerous protests to demand the withdrawal of the RSF, which were originally set up by ousted dictator Omar Al Bashir and are linked to the Janjaweed who carried out a genocide in Darfur.

According to investigations, Sudan’s largest paramilitary force carried out nearly 100 attacks against towns, farms, and civilians in North Darfur and Jebel Marra since 2016.

Officially, the RSF were integrated into the SAF in August 2019. At the same time, however, the militia stays a force unto itself.

South Darfur attack

In the Nyala locality of South Darfur, a displaced woman was injured during an attack carried out by armed gunmen at the Kalma camp for the displaced on Tuesday evening.

A spokesperson for the General Coordination of Camps for the Displaced and Refugees said in a statement that armed militias attacked the camp on Tuesday from three directions, firing live ammunition.

The displaced women lived next to the headquarters of the UNAMID mission, which exited Darfur earlier this year.

Public Prosecution in Darfur

In Khartoum, Sudan’s Attorney General Tajelsir El Hibir announced the decision to postpone the appointments of staff members in Darfur until the formation of an expert committee is completed in accordance with the Juba Peace Agreement.

The Public Prosecution has announced the opening of jobs for the people of Darfur in accordance with the percentage established in the Juba Peace Agreement.


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