Fighting in North Darfur leaves three villages nearly empty

Three villages in an area near Shangil Tobaya town in North Darfur have been totally deserted as a result of recent fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebel fighters.

Village in Darfur

A team of United Nations human rights experts visited five villages that have been affected by the fighting which has displaced approximately 70,000 people.

Most of the residents of the villages have gone to the camps sheltering displaced people at Zamzam and Shangil Tobaya.

Foli Somado-Hemazro of the Human Rights Unit of the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur was part of the team that visited the villages.

“We visited five villages: Arosha, Tangara, Hashaba, Fulla and Runyu. On the five villages, three were totally deserted and no one was to be found. The deserted villages were Tangara, Runyu and Fulla but we found people in two villages, which were Arosha and Hashaba.”

At least 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and 2.5 million others displaced since fighting broke out in 2003 between government forces and its allied Janjaweed militia and armed rebel groups.

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