Militiamen kill one, rape two, surround North Darfur camp
A large number of heavily armed pro-government militiamen surrounded a camp for internally displaced people in Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur, today (Friday). A shepherd was killed by militiamen in the same area yesterday. The militia members surrounding the camp today have raped two displaced women who were fetching firewood outside the camp.
A witness reported to Radio Dabanga that about 250 militia elements on camels and horses, heavily armed and wearing military uniforms, still surround Shangil Tobaya camp as we speak. It has sparked panic amongst the displaced people living in the camp. They have reported the surrounding of the camp to the police in Shangil Tobaya, which assured the displaced people that the militias are on a mission to East Jebel Marra, but are waiting for support from other groups.
Two women, aged 18 and 25 years old, went outside Shangil Tobaya camp earlier today to fetch firewood. They were raped in the forest by seven militia members upon their return to the camp, the witness reported. They sustained serious injuries, however, the people inside the camp could not reach them because of the militiamen surrounding the camp. The camp residents reported this incident to the police as well.
In the same area on Thursday, pro-government militiamen killed a shepherd in East Jebel Marra. A source told Radio Dabanga that Mahjoub Abdel Majid Saleh was shot dead by six militia members in military uniforms and riding on camels in the area of Caja. After killing him, the militiamen looted Saleh’s 45 cows.
File photo: Shangil Tobaya (Rania Abdulrahman/Unamid)
Related: Rapes in Shangil Tobaya and Tawila, North Darfur (11 May 2014)