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Janjawid raiders cross border

Reuters, 19 Octobre 2006

Sudanese Janjawid militia and Chadian rebels have attacked at least ten villages in southeast Chad in the past fortnight, killing more than 100 people and displacing more than 3,000, according to UN and local officials.

The attacks are part of a spillover of the violence in Sudan’s western Darfur region as wadis — seasonal river courses — have dried out after annual rains, making them passable to rebel vehicles and Janjawid on horses or camels.

One villager said that they were attacked first by local Chadian Arabs and then Janjawid on horseback who shot at them with M14 rifles. “We managed to fight them off for a few days, but then they sent in the rebels. The rebels came in their Toyotas. They had heavy arms like bazookas. They killed many people,” he said.

The villagers have fled to Goz Amir camp near Koukou Angarana, a town about 90 km (55 miles) from Chad’s border with Sudan. The Janjawid — a name based on the Arabic for “devils on horseback” — are reportedly still in the area, despite the deployment of Chadian soldiers.