HUDO Centre No.: H.K/PS/44/020
7th December 2020
                                                                                                              PRESS STATEMENT
                                                  TWO FARMERS SHOT DEAD AND ONE INJURED BY RSF NEAR KADOGLI, SUDAN

On 2nd December 2020, two farmers were shot dead and another one was seriously injured by RSF soldiers at Elefain village near Kadogli. They were killed because they did not allow the perpetrators to graze cattle on their gardens. The case was reported at Kadogli police but the police did not take any action. On 2 nd December 2020 morning hours, the farmers (cultivators) in Elefain village found cattle grazing on their crops. They pushed the cattle out of their farms to the cattle holding site (Zareiba). On their way back, a group of armed people dressing in Rapid Support Force (RSF) uniform shot at them with guns and killed two people/ farmers. The names of the dead are Mr. Nasir Nimir Teeya and Mr. Abdalla Kanu. The third farmer (Mr. Hassan Kanu) was badly injured in the neck and right thigh. A case was filed at Kadogli police against anonymous but police did not even investigate. Elefain village is about 15 km East of Kadogli town in Nuba Mountains/ South Kordufan State and it’s inhabited by Nuba ethnicity. Zareiba is a word used in Sudan for animals holding place that violate any person’s property. Ordinarily, the owner should pay a fine/ penalty before collecting the animals. HUDO is very concerned about the security situation and the safety of civilians in conflict areas and calls upon;
· Sudan government at state and central level to immediately investigate this case and to hold the perpetrators accountable before court of law.
· Sudan government to hold Kadogli police accountable for the misconduct.
· Sudan government to address the state of insecurity in South Kordufan/ Nuba Mountains.
· Sudan government to ensure that the safety of civilians in conflict areas is guaranteed
· Sudan government to dissolve government militia and disarm people with unlicensed firearms.

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