Sudan’s government renewed attacks on villagers in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said, as numbers fleeing violence each month in the war-torn western region near the highest in a decade.
A Darfur militia leader once allied with Sudan’s government is turning against the authorities as fresh violence sweeps the western Sudanese region more than a decade since conflict began.
At least 3,000 people in Darfur sought shelter with the United Nations as resurgent violence in the western Sudanese region strains the resources of aid groups.
Sudan is drilling its first oil well in the western region of Darfur, the site of a seven-year war, as part of its bid to boost output in sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest producer of crude, the petroleum minister said.
Air strikes by the Sudanese army on villages in the western region of Darfur last week left 10 people dead, the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission said, citing residents in the area.
The Sudanese government and a rebel faction from Darfur signed a peace agreement that didn’t include the biggest insurgent movement from the western region.