DWAG is deeply concerned about the recent armed attack in Saraf Omra, North Darfur, that has led to the displacement of many women and children. This violence is part of a pattern that has only escalated from late 2022 until now, yet the international community still fails to take necessary action to preserve Sudanese lives.

On Thursday, March 2, gunmen attacked the Meleisa village, killing two and injuring several others. The attackers also burned most of the village. The attack was in retaliation for the death of an armed man who was killed for his alleged participation in a looting earlier that day. 

DWAG strongly condemns these acts of intercommunal violence and wants to highlight the disproportionate impact of the conflict in Darfur on women and children, who are the majority of internally displaced people. Intercommunal violence continues to take the region by storm because the aggressors know they can commit crimes with impunity in the absence of rule of law. Intercommunal violence only further destabilizes the region, leading to an endless cycle of more women and children being displaced. 

To end the violence, the international community must act as per its international law obligations. Thus, DWAG calls on the Biden Administration and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take the following actions to safeguard the lives and wellbeing of Darfuris:

We ask you, our supporters, to remind your leaders that inaction in the face of injustice kills the innocent. The global community must prioritize the protection of innocent civilians, including women and children, and it can only do so by ending impunity for those whose actions endanger the innocent. We must continue to speak up and demand accountability for perpetrators of violence and genocide in Darfur and Sudan. Together, we can make a difference.