Sudan conflict: 87 people found in Darfur mass grave, UN says – Capital Radio Malawi
21 July, 2024

Sudan conflict: 87 people found in Darfur mass grave, UN says

The bodies of at least 87 people allegedly killed by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan have been found in a mass grave, according to the UN.

The organisation said Masalit people were among those buried in a shallow grave just outside El-Geneina.

Fierce fighting between the RSF and Sudan’s armed forces has been continuing since April.

But the RSF and their allied militias have denied any involvement in the recent fighting in West Darfur.

Thousands have died and millions have been forced from their homes as a result of fighting between Sudan’s regular army, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, led by al-Burhan’s former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

The UN said at least 37 bodies were buried in the West Darfur region on 20 June, and another 50 at the same site the next day. Among those buried were women and children.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said he was “appalled by the callous and disrespectful way the dead, along with their families and communities, were treated”.

He called for an investigation into their deaths and said the RSF was obliged to treat the dead “with dignity”.

Last week, the RSF rejected allegations from Human Rights Watch that they had killed 28 members of the Masalit community and injured dozens of civilians before destroying the town of Misterei in May.

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