Tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudans Darfur region killed at least eight people including a woman and a child. The clashes erupted on Thursday in the vicinity of Karinak in West Darfur with the killing of two people.
Tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s ravaged Darfur region killed at least eight people including a woman and a child.
The clashes erupted on Thursday with the killing of two people at the hands of an unknown person in the vicinity of Karinak in West Darfur state, according to Adam Ragal (General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced Persons in Darfur).
On Friday, militias known as Janjaweed attacked a camp for displaced people south of Karinak, burning dozens of homes and forcing large numbers of people to flee. Adam Regal said that the violence, which continued until late Friday evening, also resulted in the injury of 16 others, including three in critical condition.
The origins of the conflict in Darfur, like many ethnic conflicts, can be traced deeply into history, but exploded in the early to mid 2000s as one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. The former government outfitted the Janjaweed Militia with supplies and weapons including artillery.
The Janajweed Militia proved to be more undisciplined than the military and pursued blatant ethnic cleansing with greater enthusiasm and joy. In more recent years there are still sporadic outbreaks of violence that leave a few hundred dead every year.
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