After more than 24 people were killed in a tribal dispute over the weekend, the government of Sudan’s Central Darfur state has proclaimed a state of emergency “for one month,” according to reports from tribal leaders and the official Suna news agency.
According to statements made by Governor Saad Adam Babiker, which were published by Suna, the state of emergency was imposed late on Sunday night because “both sides of the conflict shot live bullets at the reconciliation commission that was trying to mediate the crisis.” The Arab tribes of Misseriya and Aulad Rached have been at odds with one another since last week in the villages that are located close to Zalingei, which is the capital of Central Darfur in western Sudan.
A tribal leader from the Misseriya people stated that it all began with the theft of a moped. The fighting, which according to the Suna news agency has resulted in the deaths of at least 24 people, has not stopped despite the state of emergency being declared. Another important person, Aoulad Rached, said that “houses had been burned” and that “the situation is still out of hand” even though government soldiers had been sent.
According to experts, tribal disputes have been on the rise since army head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane staged a coup in October 2021. The coup created a security vacuum, which contributed to the rise of tribal hostilities. According to the United Nations, they have been responsible for the deaths of more than 800 people and the displacement of more than 265,000.
According to the United Nations, at least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million have been displaced as a result of a conflict that began in Darfur in 2003 between the Arab-majority regime of Omar al-Bashir and rebels from ethnic minorities claiming discrimination. The majority of the deaths and displacement occurred in the conflict’s early years.
In 2019, Bashir was removed from power as a result of pressure from both the general populace and the armed forces. Violence, especially between warring tribes, continues to wreak havoc on a regular basis in Darfur. Disputes over territory as well as challenges in gaining access to water are among the factors that have contributed to the violence.