Last weekend Sudan faced some of the worst violence it’s seen in years. At least 300 people were killed or injured. National security forces failed to protect civilians.
Khartoum April 2022: Last weekend Sudan faced some of the worst intercommunal violence it’s seen in years. At least 300 people were killed or injured in the city of El Geneina in western Darfur.
The latest violence erupted after two Arab nomads were found dead near Kreinik, a town home to many ethnic Masalit. It wasn’t long before armed Arab tribesmen hit back, raiding the town, killing nine people. National security forces failed to protect civilians, so is further turmoil inevitable?
The Masalit are an ethnic group inhabiting western Sudan and eastern Chad. The Masalit primarily live in their house land Geneina, the capital of west Darfur, a few thousand of them live in Al Qadarif (East Sudan), in parts of the southern Janub Darfur about 20,000 state. According to Ethnologue, there were 440,000 total Masalit speakers as of 2011. Of these, 350,000 inhabited Sudan.
The participants in this The Newsmaker conversation are as follows:
International Center for Transitional Justice Africa Program Director
Former Chief of Staff to the US Envoy to Sudan
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