The residents of the Nyala camps for the displaced have been living in fear for about a week, after large numbers of militiamen arrived and settled at Wadi Bileil, between Kalma and El Salam camps.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Hussein Abu Sharati, the spokesman for the Association of Displaced People and Refugees of Darfur said that large numbers of “government-backed militiamen” in 400 Land Cruisers loaded with heavy weapons arrived a week ago in South Darfur. The gunmen came from North Kordofan where they were expelled, and sent to North and South Darfur.

Abu Sharati explained that those militiamen, known as Janjaweed, are led by militia leader ‘Hemeti’. “They were mobilised by the ruling National Congress Party to fight the armed movements in South Kordofan. They returned from South Kordofan and settled in the vicinity of El Obeid in North Kordofan. There they caused so much havoc that they have been sent away by the Governor.” […]