Fire destroys 25 homes in S. Darfur camp, Abu Tira blamed

Report
from Radio Dabanga
Published on 14 Feb 2013 View Original

A fire broke out on Monday night in the Dreige camp in Nyala, South Darfur, destroying 25 homes. The displaced are blaming the Sudanese Central Reserve Forces (known as Abu Tira) for setting the area ablaze.

The accusations come after a member of the Abu Tira threatened to burn the camp just hours before the fire due to a discussion with a young man in a shisha place, sources informed Radio Dabanga.

Families whose homes were destroyed are living out in the open and are in “urgent need of assistance”. Meanwhile, fellow camp's residents have pledged to help them rebuild their houses.

Displaced say Abu Tira are responsible for much of the insecurity around the camp, noting the forces periodically fire shots in the air in the evenings.

Dreige’s activists stressed they cannot press charges at the police for fear of being murdered if identified by the perpetrators.