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About 20 Farmers Killed In Darfur Region Of Sudan

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BY: Muhammed Fur Girke, Sudan

Attackers have killed at least 20 people, including children, who were visiting their farms in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region for the first time in years, a tribal chief said.

The killings took place in Aboudos, some 90 kilometres south of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur province the tribal chief said.

Darfur has been engulfed in a deadly conflict since 2003, when ethnic minority Black tribes took up arms against the forces of the then-longtime ruler President Omar al-Bashir accusing it of marginalising the region.

Al-Bashir, who was removed from office last year is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes and genocide charges related to Darfur, which he denies.

According to the United Nations at least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced by the fighting.

A power-sharing transitional government between civilians and the military was sworn in in September last year.

In January this year, a coalition of nine rebel groups – including factions from Darfur – signed a preliminary agreement with the government after weeks of talks.

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