Armed cattle herders terrorise Darfur refugees
On Tuesday, internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) Gathering Site in Sortony, where unidentified armed men on gun-mounted vehicles opened fire, killing two children and wounding several others, including a United Nations peacekeeper, is the worst affected by the crisis.
Earlier, on the same day, a shootout had occurred in the market area, some 300 meters from the Gathering Site, where three persons were killed and four injured. The wounded are receiving treatment at the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) clinic in Sortony.
Sortony is housing hundreds of refugees that have fled infighting in Darfur.
The UN Mission is currently verifying the exact number of those affected
by these two incidents.
Furthermore, this past weekend, a group of unidentified men aboard a gun-mounted vehicle moving toward the area inhabited by IDPs near the mission’s team site withdrew upon being stopped and questioned by UNAMID troops on patrol.
Tensions in Sortony have been escalating since the beginning of the month when nomadic herders accused members of the displaced community of stealing their livestock and demanded the return of their cattle.
Subsequently, they established an intermittent blockade on the Kabkabiya-Sortony road, an essential route for the provision of water and humanitarian aid.
– CAJ News
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