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West Darfur locals ‘afraid’ of Salamat settling in the area

May 2 - 2013 AZUM VALLEY

Citizens of four West Darfur villages located in the Azum valley are said to be “afraid” of new settlers moving into the area over the past few days, noting that most appear to be Salamat tribesmen.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, residents of Thur, Garni Tora, Garinja, and Maylam fear being assaulted by the Salamat who they say are coming from Dereiza, Tariah, and Koroma in Central Darfur.

They asked authorities to intervene “as soon as possible” and find solutions to the migrations “to avoid hostilities between residents and the new arrivals”.

On Wednesday, Radio Dabanga reported that hundreds of displaced families who were returning to their areas of origin in South Darfur in connection with seasonal farming were forced to flee after large Misseriya crowds began arriving from different parts of the region.

One month ago in Central Darfur, a Misseriya tribesman opened fire and allegedly tried to rob a Salamat man, who was not hurt. This led to violent hostilities that spread north and to South Darfur and according to the UNHCR displaced more than 50,000 to Chad.


Large ‘Misseriya’ crowd forces Darfur seasonal farmers to flee (1 May 2013)

Ten thousands of Darfurians fleeing Sudan to seek refuge in Chad (13 April 2013)

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