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Security force ‘storms’ South Darfur camp

March 10 - 2017 NYALA
Women and children at Kalma camp for the displaced near Nyala, South Darfur (file photo)
Women and children at Kalma camp for the displaced near Nyala, South Darfur (file photo)

A joint force of police and security has stormed Kalma camp for displaced people in South Darfur, causing unrest in the camp and a number of residents to flee this week.

Three vehicles with Dushka machineguns mounted on top entered Kalma, east of Nyala, at 3.30pm on Thursday, the spokesman for a Darfuri refugee association reported to Radio Dabanga.

Hussein Abu Sharati of the Association for the Displaced People and Refugees in Darfur said that another group of security agents had stormed the camp at 11am, using a tinted Land Cruiser. “Their arrival caused panic among the residents.

“They did not notify Unamid prior to their arrival,” he said, pointing out the camp administration has therefore submitted a memorandum to the peacekeeping force to condemn the incidents.                                                                         

The memo mentioned incidents in 2008, which claimed the lives of 37 people in Kalma.

Camp attacks

Camp El Salam in Nyala has witnessed a series of attacks by militants against the displaced people this week.   

Abu Sharati reported that at least eight people were attacked on the streets or inside their homes during robberies. Several mobile phones and money have been stolen from Abaker Yagoub, Mohamed Yasin, Hamad Ahmed and Suleiman Abakar, among others.

The refugee association appealed to Unamid to resume its patrols in and around El Salam and report abuses in the camps for displaced people to the Sudanese authorities.

The association considers the sudden arrival of joint security and police forces in the camps as a “masterminded” incident. Last month the South Darfur authorities gave the inhabitants of Centre 4 in Kalma camp a couple of weeks to vacate the area and move to a new location allocated by the state.

The number of displaced people who would be affected range between 520 families, according to the camp coordinator, and 14,000 people according to Abu Sharati.

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