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Stories of horror: Investigating a massacre in Sudan’s Darfur region

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Since the start of Sudan’s brutal civil war in April, mass killings of civilians have been perpetrated in the West Darfur region. Our team investigates atrocities committed against the local Masalit ethnic group.

Since the start of the war in Sudan on April 15, the capital Khartoum has been the scene of a deadly power struggle between warring generals Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo. But in the west of the country, in Darfur, a different horror is unfolding. Hemedti’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary and local Arab militia groups are systematically targeting the African Masalit ethnic group. Numerous videos have emerged of torture, massacres and arbitrary arrests. Refugees speak of sexual violence.

Our team went to the border between Chad and Sudan, where 450,000 people have taken refuge, to hear their stories. These accounts are reminiscent of the atrocities committed during the 2003-2013 war in Darfur, in which 300,000 people were killed, according to the UN. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has since opened an investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the main military leaders of the time.

Our Nairobi bureau brings us this special report.

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