The Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) is deeply concerned by the brutal attacks the people of South Darfur have recently endured. At least 15 villagers east of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, lost their lives; while about 30 suffered injuries. Victims held the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) responsible, identifying the attackers as having worn RSF uniforms. Rapid Support Forces is led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

KHARTOUM JANUARY 2: According to a statement, the Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) is deeply saddened by the brutal attacks the people of South Darfur have recently endured at the hands of armed herders. At least 15 villagers east of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, lost their lives; while about 30 suffered injuries, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians were left without food, shelter, or health assistance.

Last Wednesday and Friday (21 – 23 Dec), Arab militias backed by the regime launched a series of violent assaults on farmers and their communities, including one large-scale attack on Friday where they used machine guns and four-wheel drive vehicles. These herders burned down several houses in 9 villages – those of Amouri, Tagali, Um Tereina, Humeida, Fasha, Erikong, Hajir Simbo, Sa’engo, and Jemeiza. 

This mass violence forced virtually all villagers in the vicinity to leave their homes, and thus resulted in the displacement of more than 16,000 people. In addition, government forces left the area, and South Darfur authorities later imposed a state of emergency.

On Friday, activists in Nyal protested the lack of security, blaming the local government for it. Victims also held the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) responsible, identifying the attackers as having worn RSF uniforms and demanding the removal of other RSF troops from the area.

These attacks are not isolated incidents, but rather part of an ongoing genocidal campaign against indigenous Africans in Darfur that has been continuing for over 20 years. The militias launched this attack immediately after the harvest season, aiming to kill people using not only bullets but also starvation by burning their crops so they will not have any means of sustenance.

DWAG urges the international community particularly the member states of the UNSC and the US government to take swift action to save lives in Darfur and hold the government of Sudan accountable. We demand that those responsible for the violence face justice for their crimes.

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