Herders assault farmers, release livestock on farmlands in South Darfur
Militant herders entered their livestock by force on farmlands in Merching locality in South Darfur last week. On Saturday, militiamen assaulted a group of displaced in Nierteti locality in Central Darfur.
“Three militiamen assaulted a number of farmers, when they protested against livestock being released on their farmlands in Merching locality last week”, a farmer reported to Radio Dabanga from the area. “The intruders beat farmers Maryam and Fatima Adam Saleh, Rawda Khalil Ahmed, Um El Alam Mohamed Abdallah, Mohamed Ismail, and Adam Abdallah Shura.”
“Shura resisted, and clashed with one of the gunmen. He was able to seize the assailant’s weapon, and handed it to forces belonging to the Liberation and Justice Movement, who signed the Doha peace agreement with the government,” the farmer explained.
“During their flight, the militiamen assaulted Yousif Ramadan, and kidnapped farmer Ahmed Ibrahim, his wife, Huda Adam, and their five-months-old son. They released them after we had returned the weapon to them.”
The farmer appealed to the local authorities to intervene, and protect them and their farms in the locality of Merching.
On Saturday evening, militiamen on horseback robbed a group of displaced people returning from the market of Nierteti to Korji in Central Darfur. “They intercepted us at Khor Khol, beat us, and tied us to trees, after which they took all our money, mobile phones, and purchases,” one of the victims told Radio Dabanga.
File photo by Albert González Farran/Unamid
Related: Livestock destroy Darfur crops (24 August 2014)