Jebel Marra Under Siege: Update 3

11 villages burned to the ground

Posted by OBS Team on January 26th, 2016
Sudan Update

On January 15, 2016, the government of Sudan renewed heavy air raids and shelling of civilian areas in inner Jebel Marra, Darfur. A few days ago we brought you this brief update on the spreading violence that is impacting an estimated 95,000 people. Since then, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have continued attacking communities directly on the ground and are blocking many of the roads people would be able to escape on.

Approximately 520 families who fled the violence in the eastern part of Jebel Marra arrived at an IDP camp in Tawila locality in North Darfur over the weekend. An eyewitness reported that homes in Rufata, Kargo, Bali, Boula, Bergo, Tori, Hillet Abdelbari, Tombari, Kartola, Jeirmi, and Teringa villages in the northern part of Jebel Marra were burned to the ground by government forces.

Meanwhile, Radio Dabanga, one of the last independent reporting agencies in Darfur, is reporting that the government of Sudan continues to use barrel bombs in Jebel Marra as a preferred method of targeting communities. The area around Golo, where a joint SAF/RSF force massacred 42 people during a shooting spree on January 20, continues to be the focus of much of the the government's bombing campaign. Three children were killed and five others were wounded following aerial bombardments on rural villages around Golo on January 26. 

About Jebel Marra

Government troops and rebels have been battling around the mountainous Jebel Marra area straddling Central, South and North Darfur states for years. The area is seen as a stronghold for rebels battling the regime of President and indicted war criminal Omar al-Bashir. The rebel uprising in Darfur began in 2003 after years of severe oppression of Darfuri communities by the Bashir regime. The government's response to the uprising has been widely described as a genocide against Darfuri tribal groups.

The situation in Jebel Marra has quieted down in recent months as part of a widespread ceasefire that extended into South Kordofan and Blue Nile states as well. But renewed government attacks in Jebel Marra match an uptick of aerial bombings and shelling in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states as well. 

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