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Hill Collapses on a Village in Darfur, Kills 20 People


7Dnews London - AFP

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 20:18 GMT

At least 20 people were killed after a hill collapsed on their village in the western Sudanese region of Darfur due to heavy rainfall, a rebel group said.

As reported by AFP, it is feared that these landslides and landslides have led to more victims whose homes were buried and destroyed in Jebel Marra in Darfur on 7 September. 

The SLM-Abdel Wahid wing controls this remote area where access to information from an independent source is impossible. 

"On 7 September, part of a hill collapsed on a village in eastern Jebel Marra, killing 20 people," a spokesman for the group said. 

"Dozens of people are still buried under the rubble, the entire village has been destroyed," he said, adding that those who survived had now become homeless. 

The Shura Council, the largest Darfur tribe, confirms. 

"We urge the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and the government to help us find missing persons and provide shelter for people living in the open," Secretary-General of the Council Amin Mahmoud Osman said in a statement. 

Jebel Marra mountainous and rocky terrain has seen fighting in recent months between SLM and Sudanese government forces, although the rate of violence is still low. 

Khartoum is preventing foreign journalists from entering Darfur, the vast territory the size of France, so it is not easy to verify the news independently, both in terms of victims of the fighting or the victims of natural disasters. 

The crisis stirred discussions on social media and condemnation for the lack of solidarity with the victims in Terba, especially when compared to the boat crisis in Northern Sudan.  

The lack of accessibility to the area could prevent relief efforts specially from people and groups in government-controlled areas, first because of the risks associated with attempting to access the rebel held area and then because of the conditions placed by SLA AW troops in their rebel held areas.  

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