Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Sudan/Darfur: AU monitors say Janjaweed burned some people alive

Arab militia burned alive shackled villagers during an attack violating a fragile truce in Sudan's Darfur region, African Union (AU) cease-fire monitors said.

In a document seen by Reuters on Tuesday, the observers said they had investigated three allegations of cease-fire violations since their deployment on July 11.

They said a fact-finding team dispatched to Suleia concluded that the Darfurian village was attacked on July 3 "by militia elements believed to be Janjaweed."

The document said the attackers "killed civilians, in some cases by chaining them and burning them alive."

In another incident, the team concluded that the horse and camel-mounted Janjaweed militia had attacked the village of Ehda which was burned and deserted save for a few men.

"However, the team could not substantiate the allegation that Sudanese forces fought alongside the Janjaweed," the document said.

There are 96 AU cease-fire observers monitoring violations of a truce signed between the government and two rebel groups on April 8. (source)