“Certainly 168 people killed in Darfur fights”

In the Darfur region of Sudan, at least 168 people have been killed in battles between Arabs and a non-Arab minority, reports an independent aid organization. At least 98 people were injured. It is one of the most violent confrontations in the region in recent years.

The organization General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur reports that the confrontations took place in the west of the region, in an area called Kreinik. The organization fears more fatalities.

Armed Arab nomads attacked villages of the non-Arab Massalit minority. According to the aid organization, that was a retaliation for a double murder that was previously committed. About 20,000 people were fleeing because of the violence.

Bloody Civil War

Violence in the Darfur region has flared up again since 2020 after Sudanese former dictator Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the army in 2019. The conflicts revolve, among other things, on farmland and livestock and often have a lethal outcome.

In 2003, a bloody conflict broke out in the region between the Sudanese army and Arab militias on the one hand and non-Arab insurgents on the other. In addition, more than 300,000 were killed and nearly 3 million people were expelled from their homes. In 2011, the civil war came to an end.