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Three children wounded in Darfur air raid

May 6 - 2016 JEBEL MARRA
An Antonov of the Sudanese Air Force (File photo)
An Antonov of the Sudanese Air Force (File photo)

An air raid by an Antonov aircraft of the Sudanese Air Force on Darfur’s West Jebel Marra on Wednesday has injured three children, all from the same family.

On Thursday, callers told Radio Dabanga that an Antonov dropped nine bombs on the eastern Katrom areas, south of Golo in West Jebel Marra which led to the wounding of the children aged 13, ten, and seven years old. The raid also killed ten cows and 25 goats.

Citizens and witnesses described the situation in and around Guldo, also in West Jebel Marra, as very dangerous. People travelling to and from the town are regularly subjected to robbery and pillage.

On Monday, ten people died as a result of vomiting accompanied with blood at Kosom and Foli south of Golo in West Jebel Marra according to a medical assistant from the area.

The caller said that the deaths are due to lack a of health care and medicines. “Children die on an almost on daily basis”.

Citizens and activists estimate the number of displaced people fleeing Jebel Marra to the highest slopes, mountains, valleys, and under trees at about 150,000.

On Thursday an activist told Radio Dabanga that preliminary estimates indicate there are about 100,000 people now living rough in the colder areas, while about 50,000 are in the warmer foothills of the Jebel Marra massif.

They renewed their appeal to the UN Security Council and the EU to intervene immediately to provide protection, food, medicines and relief for the displaced in Jebel Marra and now staying in the open.

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