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‘Spread of weapons in eastern Sudan’s Kassala catastrophic’

January 7 - 2016 KASSALA

Residents of the eastern Sudanese Kassala state complain about the proliferation of firearms in the region.

“The spread of weapons in the state is becoming catastrophic,” activist Omar El Sheikh told Radio Dabanga. “It has exacerbated human trafficking for a great deal.”

“The government’s creation of new paramilitary tribal groups to secure the region has led to the proliferation of arms,” he explained. “The jurisdiction of these irregular forces is still not known.”

El Sheikh called on the government to curb the spread of weapons and control its paramilitary forces. “We do not understand why the authorities are not satisfied with the regular armed forces such as the police, and the National Intelligence and Security Apparatus (NISS).

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