The Sudanese Air Force has destroyed at least 20 villages in the area of Golo in Jebel Marra since the start of a major offensive on rebel strongholds in the area on 15 January. Tens of thousands of people are reportedly still hiding from the ongoing air raids. According to a Darfuri scholar, the Sudanese government continues to target the population as it plans to change the demography of Darfur.
Sources that contacted Radio Dabanga on Tuesday from the vicinity of Golo said that “at least 20 villages were entirely destroyed by barrel bombs”.
At least 25 houses were destroyed and five cows were killed in an aerial bombardment of a village southeast of Golo on Monday. The blocked roads in and around Jebel Marra lead to soaring prices of basic commodities in the region.
“The five barrel bombs dropped on Libi village, 14 kilometres southeast of Golo, also caused a woman to miscarry,” a villager told Radio Dabanga. “Relatives carried the heavily bleeding woman on a rope bed more than 30 kilometres to the hospital of Nierteti.
February 8 - 2016 NYALA
The South Darfur governor has expressed his concern about the shortage of primary health services in the state.
Addressing health graduates in the state capital Nyala on Saturday, Governor Adam El Faki reported that more than 300 health facilities need maintenance.
The about five million people in the state have to make do with 32 medical doctors and 800 hospital beds. “This means an average of 40,000 people per bed,” the governor said.
Sudanese in various parts of the country are still suffering from a shortage of flour and cooking gas. They also complain about sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities.
Housewife Zahra Mohamed told Radio Dabanga from Khartoum that the price of an LPG cylinder reached SDG95 ($16). She also condemned the soaring transportation tariffs because of the rise of fuel prices.
In most districts of the capital of El Gezira state, people are queueing for hours to obtain some pieces of bread, an angry listener reported from Wad Madani.
February 5 - 2016 ZALINGEI
Displaced people from three camps in Central Darfur State staged a peaceful demonstration on Friday, condemning the aerial bombardments and shelling by government forces on areas and villages in Jebel Marra that have caused the displacement of large numbers.
As of 31 January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that 44,700 people (31,000 in North Darfur and 13,700 in Central Darfur) have been displaced by the government's offensive.