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Protest in Central Darfur as violence continues

May 12 - 2020 NIERTETI
Gunmen in Darfur (File photo)
Gunmen in Darfur (File photo)

Residents protested against the deteriorating security situation in Nierteti in Central Darfur on Monday. The same day, militiamen shot and killed Tijani Ahmed (28) in west Nierteti near the Unamid site.

In another incident on Monday, militiamen wearing military uniforms robbed a group of civilians travelling from Jebel Marra to Nierteti of five donkeys and four camels.

Protestors complained about the growing violence and human rights violations in the area. They lament that Central Darfur witnesses repeated violence including rape, gender-based violence, and plundering of properties.

The protestors demanded the Central Darfur government protect the people from these frequent attacks, provide security, disarm the militiamen, and collect unauthorised weapons.

Disarmament

As reported by Radio Dabanga yesterday, the High Committee for the Collection of Weapons and Unlicensed Vehicles decided to deploy a joint force of army soldiers and paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to confiscate illegal weapons in Sudan. All unregistered vehicles and all four-wheel drive vehicles will be confiscated as well.

The police and other security services will provide detection devices and dogs to help find hidden weapons.

The High Committee, chaired by RSF commander and deputy chairman of the Sovereign Council Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’, has decided that four-wheel drive vehicles, especially Land Cruisers, may only be used by the army, the police and other security services.


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