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Sudanese forces kill 86 people at Kalama camps – IDP’s


August 25, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese troops today attacked the largest displaced camp located in South Darfur leaving scores dead and many more injured.

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Internally displaced women carry firewood to Kalma Camp, near Nyala in Darfur in this handout photograph released by MSF, April 3, 2008 (Reuters)

An IDP representative told Sudan Tribune today that 86 people were killed and 221 wounded. However other put the death figures between 50 and 122.

Monday’s attack is the fifth of its kind against Kalma camp which is the home of more than 90,000 people who fled their villages following Sudanese army and militias assaults during five years of conflict in the war ravaged region.

The local authorities insist that the Kalma camp is source of crimes, banditry, weapons caches and rebel groups.

But IDP’s say that Khartoum is anxious to disband a camp that has become a symbol “for crimes perpetrated by the government in the last five years”.

Hussein Abu-Sharati, the representative of the Darfur refugees and internally displaced people in Darfur camps, told Sudan Tribune late this evening that 86 people mostly children, women and elders were killed in today’s assault.

Abu-Sharati who described today’s massacre as “genocide” denied the existence of any armed groups inside the camp who shot fire at Sudanese troops.

“Any one who dares to say that there was armed confrontation with the army is complicit in what happened today” he said angrily.

“The peaceful demonstration that took place today is the only means to protest against the daily oppression practiced against the refugees, and the clearest proof to what I say” Abu-Sharati said.

A spokesman for Sudanese troops told Reuters that an army search party was fired on from inside the camp.

Sudan official news agency (SUNA) released an official statement issued by the South Darfur Security Commission speaking about elements that fired on the regular troops injuring five soldiers.
The statement said that only 7 IDP’s were wounded.

The Aid group Médecins Sans Frontières said that at least 65 people — more than half of them women and children — were treated at its Kalma clinic after being injured in the shooting.

The Sudanese authorities claimed to have received reliable intelligence about weapons smuggled recently into Kalma camp which is at a strategic position because of its proximity to the Nyala airport and railways

“Large quantities of weapons have been brought to the camps with the intention to carry out sabotage operations targeting government troops” the statement read.

Confusion still surrounds the death toll in the camp with various sources giving both higher and lower figures.

Abu-Sharati asserts he has a list of 86 people killed during the attack while Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) leader Abdel Wahid Al-Nur put the figure at 122.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) spokesperson Ahmed Hussein said that 70 lost their lives.

Noureddine Mezni, spokesperson for the joint UN/African Union UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur, said that Sudanese police had shown peacekeepers a search warrant authorizing them to enter Kalma camp to search for weapons and “possible wanted persons”.

The UN reacted cautiously and expressed “grave concern at the incident”.

“Such actions severely threaten the safety and security of civilians, who have a right to protection under international humanitarian law” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today in New York.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Ameerah Haq has called for the immediate establishment of a humanitarian corridor at the camp.

Today’s attack comes more than a month after the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced in mid-July that he requested an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir.

Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder and accused Al-Bashir of masterminding a campaign to get rid of the African tribes in Darfur; Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

Most of the Kalma camp residents are from the Fur tribe.

The incident may turn into a public relations nightmare for the Sudanese government which has been trying to demonstrate to the world its seriousness in pursuing peace in Darfur in order to counter the ICC move.

UN experts estimate some 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million driven from their homes. Sudan blames the Western media for exaggerating the conflict and puts the death toll at 10,000.


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  • 26 August 2008 02:58, by Henry Makuei

    Killing yesterday and killing today monsters and war mongers are not satisfied but when will they be satisfy and what will make them satisfied, I think Bashire and his goverment don’t care about the future of this good nation (Sudan) I therefore call for the people of Sudan to care of this good nation and put Bashire aside through politcal marginalisation. south, east, west and central Sudan can a void this government by putting an end to its rule, if not the government will finish you one by one. who was condemning mr. Ocampo’s arrest warrant? where are African leaders who cares in leadership of Bashire rather than the people of Sudan what will they be telling to the world tomorrow about their counterpart who betrays them in a broad daylight, leave Bashire a lone, you can not be a crocodile in other land while you are not a lizard in your own land let Bashire carry his own cross.

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  • 26 August 2008 03:07, by Moses Kur Akech

    It seems to me that the current UN Peace keeping force in Darfur is doing nothing to safeguard lives the displaced civilians. This is a tragic loss to people who are entirely subject to the abuses of their own state’s merciless power.

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  • 26 August 2008 12:01, by madesio ukel

    Son of dimwit family,you are ready to face seriouse investigation by sent army force to attack IDPS in camp,that mean you do not care of human right.
    Such crime are not allowed by western world.
    You supose to kill those who are at villages than killing in camp that mean you will not deny a case son of evil.

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  • 26 August 2008 12:22, by Wilson Kur Lual

    This is the right time, for world,s Super powers, UN and others human right bodies in the region and world wide to take action a gainst bloody regime of NIF in Khartoum. If the vision and purpose of UN and others bodies is to save human lives and not for business, that mean this is the right time to save bleeding of innocents Darfuris.

    Khartoum is nothing compared to powerfull empire of Saddam Hussein. it was brokendown by USA which now give hope for new generation of Iraq even if still insecurity in ground.

    Becuase of oil, poors hunger China have envolved in bloody business in Darfur, Millitarily and politically which make idiotic Bashir strong in foreign politic to excute its geonocide plan of getting rid of black African tribes from their motherland.

    Lung cancer and others heart diseases related to smoking always kill only ciggarette smoker, not with friends who gives him match box.

    So, be carefull my friend, hunger poor China is running after bread not for the well being of the society.
    Kill your own people and you will faced alone without China.


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  • 26 August 2008 21:46, by Michel Fleury

    August 25, 2008 (WASHINGTON) – The US condemned the attack by Sudanese forces on a refugee camp in South Darfur during dawn hours today.

    US State department “Attacks on vulnerable populations in Sudan are deplorable and violate international law” the US State department Deputy spokesman Robert Wood said in a statement today.

    August 25, 2008 (WASHINGTON POST) - U.S. Airstrikes Kill 90, U.N. Says
    Evidence shows 90 Afghan civilians, most of them children, died last week, U.N. reports.

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  • 27 August 2008 08:58, by fadi

    Hey my name is Hammuel Merari and I am from Israel and I have been reading your comments in the past days and I find it equally disturbing from both sides that you people are ready to engage in such racism against your own people listen look at America theres Black people,Latinos and white and asians and french and look at them they all get along so please stop the bickering and remember that you guys are one country,one people and I totally,absolutely agree with Moe Montana on this subject and I truely admired it when he said..... They say: "A family that prays together, stays together and one that walks apart just falls apart" so TOGETHER we STAND divided we FALL, UNITED we form SUDAN and take on ALL!!" and may I add this that sooner or later and if the president does become indicted they are immediately gonna call his vice president in and guess who he is its selva karr who is going to come under much scrutiny as they will believe that the president cannot do it on his own so believe me when I say this that although I love the west and America deeply I speak the truth and I wanted to say that the west and its allies main plan is to get money from sudan from oil and incase you think otherwise please take the courtesy of looking on the internet and seeing how much barrels of oil darfur has got you would be amazed and shocked and you will see why America wants to take over sudan as darfur has more than 100 billion barrels in Darfur Alone and thats its estimation and believe me when I say this America invaded Iraq because of oil they havent attacked kuwait or saudi arabia because of oil so this indictment by luis Moreno Ocampo is a self proclaimed attack by the west on Sudan and I cannot tell you how to act except for this you southerners in sudan respect and like America but little did you know America fought a civil war in 1861 and then president Abraham Lincoln killed Many Southerners and still look at them now they Have moved past this Ideological thinking that because Im white Im superior and instead they forged an alliance and today they are standing as beacon of hope and oppurtunity for the whole world so think yourselves in this modern day and think about all the hate which you compass and your mutual resentment towards others for what they have done in the past but in order to move on we must forgive and stop living divided and also think about what you guys could have accomplished by now you Sudanese people have the potential to rise up and live as one so think about it all this hate towards the northerners whats it gonna achieve in the near future and all this hate from the southerners whats it going to achieve Biar M Bul? in the end you will achieve nothing so I hope in the near future you people will understand that living divided means the very end of Sudan and once where a great civilization lived the nubains who are still living today so think about this comment I just wrote and God Bless this world


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