Ethnic clashes over a deadly land dispute in Sudan’s Blue Nile state have left 105 people dead and 291 injured, the state’s health minister said on Wednesday, providing a new toll.
Fighting broke out between members of the Berti and Hausa ethnic groups on 11 July in the southern state of Ethiopia and on the borders of South Sudan.
“The situation is calm now,” state health minister Jamal Nasser told AFP by telephone from the state capital al-Damazin, about 460 kilometers (285 miles) south of Khartoum.
He said the deployment of the army has eased the fighting since Saturday.
“The challenge now is to give shelter to the displaced,” Nasser said.
The United Nations said on Tuesday that more than 17,000 people have fled their homes from the fighting, with 14,000 taking “asylum in three schools in al-Damazin.”
Between January and March this year, the United Nations said aid was provided to 563,000 people in the Blue Nile.
Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries, is mired in an economic crisis that has deepened since the October coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the only rare form of civilian rule since independence. gaps have been observed.
In Sudan, there are regular deadly conflicts over land, livestock and access to water and grazing, especially in areas laden with weapons left over from decades of civil war.
A prominent Hausa member said fighting reportedly broke out at the Blue Nile when Bertis rejected Hausa’s request to create “a civil authority to oversee access to the land”.
But a senior leader of Bertie said the group was responding to “violations” of their land by the Haus.
While fighting has ceased and relative peace has returned in the Blue Nile, tensions have risen in other states, where Hausa people have taken to the streets demanding “justice for the martyrs”.
Thousands of people protested in Khartoum, North Kordofan, Kasala, Gederef and Port Sudan on Tuesday, according to AFP correspondents.
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