13 Jul 2023

Thousands of Sudanese flee West Darfur to Chad

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The United Nations Human Rights office says it has ‘credible information’ that the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces or RSF – which is currently fighting the Sudanese army – is responsible for a mass grave in West Darfur.

87 bodies, among them 14 women and children, were found, many of them members of the ethnic Masalit tribe. The attacks by RSF and allied Arab militias on the Masalit people have been described as an ‘ominous reminder’ of the genocidal violence seen in West Darfur twenty years ago.

Some of the worst atrocities have occurred in the city of El Geneina in West Darfur. Fleeing for their lives, thousands have made the perilous journey across the border to the town of Adre in Chad.