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Violence Continues in Darfur Under al-Bashir Regime:
Violent Attacks Update
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 — From Mid-October 2018 through early December 2018, there were over 40 violent incidents against the Darfuri people in Sudan. 40 people have been killed while 91 have been injured or made into victims of rape, robbery, or property destruction. Government-backed militias and the government forces were the main perpetrators of violence against Darfuris. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women and children.
On the week of November 10, sixteen villages in Jabe Marra were completely destroyed and burnt to the ground, leaving over 50,000 people without homes or any means of survival.
The Sudanese military forces have used excessive violence against Darfuris. On November 15, two children were killed in a shelling by the Sudanese Armed Forces near East Jeble Marra, South Darfur. In another separate incident, the Sudanese Air Force killed a displaced woman as they bombed her village located in Central Darfur.
In most instances, there are multiple attacks in one day. In one incident, on October 4, four armed herdsmen trespassed with their cattle on a farm attended by two women. The women went out to drive the cattle off their property, however the herders confronted them and shot them. The two women were seriously injured and taken to receive medical treatment. The very same day, another report came in of a man who was gunned down by armed herdsmen. The herdsmen killed Salim Ahmed in cold blood before stealing his camel. They then fled the scene with Ahmed’s property, leaving Ahmed dead.
These acts of violence are not random or isolated incidents. They are part of the continuous, well-orchestrated and systematic genocidal attacks by the regime in Khartoum against the people of Darfur for more than 15 years. The victims are consistently unarmed civilians who are farmers, merchants, students or professionals merely trying to earn their daily living. Meanwhile, President al-Bashir has a policy of indifference and aggression intended to exterminate the people of Darfur and to take over their lands. Prior to this, DWAG documented over 200 violent attacks during the first half of 2018 with similar trends.
While the government of Sudan perpetrates these heinous crimes, the international community response is deafening silence. For this reason, President al-Bashir has been emboldened and continues to perpetrate these horrific crimes with impunity.
Today there are over four million genocide victims who have been driven out of their homes and have yet to return home for fear that their lands have been confiscated. Over half a million people have been killed and justice has yet to be achieved for them. Countless women and girls have been raped and are still struggling without any trauma counseling or psychosocial support.
President al-Bashir is the only sitting head of state wanted for some of the world’s most serious crimes, but he is yet to be held accountable. Therefore, we at DWAG refuse to be silent or let al-Bashir get away with murder. We must continue to speak, expose the crimes and demand our leaders and our international institution fulfil their responsibilities and make it clear to President al-Bashir that impunity for genocide is not an option. Without proper justice and accountability and genuine peace, the crimes in Darfur and Sudan will not be resolved sustainably.
We call on the US government to demand that al-Bashir must cease attacks on civilians, and all violation of rights in Darfur and across the Sudan. We call on the US to impose targeted sanctions, assets freezing, and travel ban on Sudanese officials responsible of committing crimes in Darfur and across Sudan. The United Nations Security Council members, like the United States, have an obligation to protect civilians and pursue justice for the victims in Sudan.
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