As so many times before, Darfur falls into oblivion in the memory of the world. Hundreds of victims, dead and seriously injured. And it is hardly mentioned with a line in the news media. The Governor of the Darfur region, Mohamed Issa Aliyu, held a press conference where he told that 24 people were killed in the recent tribal clashes that took place in Jebel Moon of West Darfur State. None of it appeared on televisions national news broadcasts.

The violence broke out on November 17 between armed Arab herders in the rugged Jebel Moon mountains close to the border with Chad, said Omar Abdelkarim, Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in West Darfur state.

The sources state various figures regarding victims in the ongoing conflict. In any case, it is clear that there are many victims. UNOCHA said that at least 43 people have been killed, 46 villages have been burned and looted, and an unknown number of people were injured. Several people are reportedly missing including children. While the more restrained Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors reviewed the death toll to 17 people and 12 wounded.

In a press conference held in El-Fasher, Aliyu pointed out that the tribal violence in Jebel Moon is the result of the insecurity in the Darfur region “due to the failure to implement the security arrangements agreed in the Juba Peace Agreement.”

On November 19, armed men broke into the office of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Ed Dain, East Darfur State at around 3 AM in the night, threatened and ill-treated the guards and stole a Toyota Land Cruiser with MSF identification. This armed incursion occurred two weeks after a violent carjacking on an MSF convoy traveling from El Daen to Kario to assist isolated communities.

UNITAMS has made a statement regarding the situation in Darfur. UNITAMS is gravely concerned by the tribal and intercommunal violence.

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