Security detains more people in Central Darfur

(UPDATE 23:00) Authorities in Central Darfur detained four men, in what appears to be a campaign against civilians suspected to be affiliated with rebel movements.

Authorities in Central Darfur are carrying out a series of detentions in Zalingei and Nierteti. Two men were held in Zalingei on Wednesday, two others in Nierteti, on Friday. Security agents detained a teacher of a secondary school in Golo, Central Darfur, on Wednesday. Another man was tortured for several hours.

A witness said that teacher Mekki Mohamed Rajab came to Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur, about a week ago, to do a M.A. related course at the University of Zalingei. “Security agents held him near the Zalingei Hospital, and took him to an unknown destination.”

He added that another man was taken by men he believed to be security members, on Wednesday morning. “Abdelaziz Haroun Abdelrahman was on his way from Hamidiya camp to Zalingei market, when four armed men in a double cab vehicle took him to an unknown destination. There thy robbed him of SDG4,600 ($760.45) and released him at 3 pm that day.”


Members of the military intelligence and policemen detained Adam Wad Tarjam at the market of Nierteti early Friday morning. They took him to the Nierteti military garrison. Tarjam is the owner of a shisha bar.

An eyewitness told Dabanga that the military intelligence forces returned to the market, where a crowd had gathered. They searched for the father of Gazafi Adam Siddig, who works for a transport company. “The men asked Gazafi where his father was, and he replied that he was in Zalingei.” The forces detained Gazafi Sidig instead, and took him also to the military garrison.

The detentions in Central Darfur may be part of a hunt on people affiliated with the rebel movements. The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW) has strongholds in Sur Reng and Deribat.