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Sudan Tribal Clashes: Life has no value in Sudan? At least 220 people died in two days of ‘war’, curfew announced

Cairo: At least 220 people have been killed after two days of clashes between tribals in the south of Sudan. It is one of the deadliest tribal conflicts in recent years. The unrest has added to the crisis of this African country mired in civil strife and political chaos. The conflict took place between the Hausa tribe and the Berta people in the country’s Blue Nile province. Tensions escalated on Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Wad el-Mahi on the Ethiopian border, according to Fath Arrahman Bakhet, director general of the Blue Nile health ministry. He said at least 220 people had died as of Saturday night and the number could be much higher as medical teams have not been able to reach the center of the conflict.

Dead bodies of people are scattered everywhere
Bakhet said the first humanitarian and medical convoy arrived in Wad al-Mahi late Saturday to assess the situation. He saw a large number of dead bodies lying at the spot. Dozens of people were waiting for help in injured condition. He said that everyone loses in such clashes. We hope it ends soon and will never happen again, but we need strong political, security and civil intervention to achieve that goal.

7000 people left home and fled to other cities
Some viral footage from the scene showed burnt houses and bodies. Some other footage showed women and children running on foot. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, hundreds of homes have been burned in the fighting, displacing some 7,000 people. Most of these people have fled towards the city of Rusiaris. In total, around 211,000 people have been displaced by tribal violence and other attacks across the country this year.

Sudan government imposed curfew
The Sudanese government ordered a nighttime curfew in Wad al-Mahi and deployed troops to the area. The state-run SUNA news agency reported that the government has also formed a special team to investigate the fight. Locals are unhappy with the government’s response. They are demanding the resignation of the Governor for his failure to deal with the situation. People claim that the security forces have not been impartial and some of them have taken sides in the conflict.

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