Darfur displaced hope to celebrate next year’s Eid in peace

By IAfrica
In Sudan
Jul 27th, 2014

The Association of the Darfur Displaced and Refugees congratulated all the Sudanese on the occasion of Eid El Fitr, the feast concluding the fasting month of Ramadan, expected to commence on Monday. At the same time, the Association pointed to the dire humanitarian situation the Darfur displaced and refugees are living in for more than a decade.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Hussein Abu Sharati, the spokesman for the Association congratulated all Sudanese on behalf of the Darfur displaced. He noted, however, that the camp residents may not enjoy of Eid El Fitr this year, because they feel sad for people killed, missing, abducted, or raped this year by Janjaweed and the Rapid Support Forces.

“Moreover, the displaced cannot provide their families with a decent meal. The monthly food ration consists of one malwa and a half of grain (about 5 kg) per capita, let alone that they can afford to buy new clothes or presents for their children.”

Abu Sharati wished that security, peace, and stability will soon be restored in Darfur, and that the displaced and refugees are able to return home. “Above all, the rule of law is to be restored in order to deter the outlaws.” He stressed, however, that currently the displaced are hoping for the return of the relief organisations for the necessary assistance.

Social fabric torn

Sheikh Matar Younis, a well-known Koran scholar and activist in Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur, confirmed the words of Abu Sharati. “The joy of Eid El Fitr this year will be again far from complete as the people cannot afford to provide new Eid clothes to their families. The harsh conditions we are living in, with the soaring prices, Janjaweed and other militiamen wreaking havoc everywhere, the aerial bombardments, and all kinds of abuses, are inflicted on us by the National Congress Party (NCP) government.” 

The sheikh told Radio Dabanga that for more than 13 consecutive Ramadans, “these militias have been killing, plundering, beating, abducting and raping in Darfur, South Kordofan, the Blue Nile, and the national capital”. “The government-organised militias have deprived us of water, food, and our work. During the first six months of 2014, things have grown even worse. They have torn the social fabric to the extent that the people are now feeling unsafe even within their homes and offices.”

Sheikh Younis hopes that next Ramadan and Eid will be better. “I hope that the coming year will witness security in Darfur, the Blue Nile, and the Nuba Mountains, and that the Sudanese people will enjoy freedom in all dignity”. He stressed that “any solution to these problems will only be achieved by overthrowing the NCP regime”.

File photo: ‘A blessed feast’ (muslimvillage.com)


Security forces assault Koran scholar and activist in Central Darfur (17 February 2014)

Darfur displaced face meagre Eid Al Fitr (8 August 2013)

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