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Two killed in Darfur camp for displaced

June 12 - 2020 KALMA CAMP
Unamid soldiers in Kalma camp yesterday. The car on the right contains the body of one of the victims, covered with a carpet (RD)
Unamid soldiers in Kalma camp yesterday. The car on the right contains the body of one of the victims, covered with a carpet (RD)

Two people were killed and one injured in Kalma camp for the displaced in South Darfur on Wednesday evening. They were reportedly nomads who got lost in the camp and were attacked.

Ali Dunkus, his brother Omda Taha Dunkus, and his cousin Ahmed Kazam were driving to Nyala, returning from their farms on Wednesday evening.

While crossing Kalma, with more than 100,000 residents one of the largest camps in Darfur, they lost their way. At Block 2 of the camp, a group of men stopped them and told them to return. They then threw stones at the car, causing Ali to briefly faint.

His brother said he would drive instead. When they were changing seats, an armed group appeared and opened fire on the vehicle, killing the omda and Kazam instantly. Ali was wounded. He filed a complaint with the police.

The governor of South Darfur, Maj Gen Hashim Khalid, visited the nearby base of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (Unamid) that is protecting the camp. They went to the crime scene, and took the bodies and the wounded man to the Nyala Teaching Hospital.

In a press statement Unamid called for calm and restraint yesterday, to allow for police investigations into the attack on the three people, "all believed to be members of the nomadic community".

Unamid fears "potential retaliatory threats and acts". In line with its mandate to protect civilians, the mission deployed two police units and a military unit in and around the camp to avert any further violence or potential reprisals.

A Unamid force and a civilian team are cooperating closely with government forces to contain the situation.


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