SUDAN WATCH: SLM-Nur informant accuses SLA-Minnawi of rape and murder - Sudan Tribune's misleading report

Monday, July 10, 2006

SLM-Nur informant accuses SLA-Minnawi of rape and murder - Sudan Tribune's misleading report

July 10, 2006 article by Sapa-AFP (via IOL) entitled Darfur rebels accused of rape and murder cites a UN Situation Report as its source. I haven't as yet found the UN report. Sapa-AFP article states, quote
One of the displaced said he had witnessed 15 young women "being raped and then killed" by fighters of the mainstream SLM faction of Minni Minnawi, the report said.

The same informant charged that about 40 men were kidnapped and "were believed to have been executed", it added, noting that the general security situation was reported to be tense.
Note, the informant making the accusations is onside with SLM/A-Nur, the rebel group fighting against SLM/A-Minnawi. Only one eyewitness?

An unsourced article July 9, 2006 at the Sudan Tribune July 10, 2006, apart from a few word changes, copies all of AFP's text but changes the title to "UN accuses Darfur SLM-Minawi of rape, murder". Eh? According to the text, the UN simply reported the accusation, it did not make the accusation. This is a good example of my gripe with the anonymously owned Sudan Tribune website based in France. I am beginning to suspect their selection of material is biased against SLM-Minnawi, Sudan's President Bashir and the Darfur Peace Agreement.

UPDATE: Excerpt from United Nations Sudan Situation Report 09 Jul 2006 (via ReliefWeb), source of above reports by Sapa/AFP and Sudan Tribune:
Intra SLA fighting in and around Tawilla has forced the displacement of about 4,000 IDPs.

On 8 July, AMIS reported that about 650 new IDPs, mostly women and children, arrived in Zam Zam camp who fled from the ongoing fighting between SLA factions in the Tawilla area. All newly arrived IDPs belong to the Fur tribe and fled from 21 villages; Koyo, Kera, Kosheny, Sandingo, Karfolla, Dady, Hashaba, Saby, Khor Mally, Dybis, Hymeda, Dolma, Dawa, Wadadi, M Saleat, Dally, Nemera, D Ba, Carhma, Daybo and Abdia.

The IDPs alleged that the SLA/MM faction was indiscriminately killing, raping women and abducting Fur civilians in Tawilla.

One IDP alleged he witnessed fifteen young women being raped and then killed. He further alleged that about forty men were kidnapped and believed to have been executed. The general security situation was reported to be tense.
So, it turns out the African Union logged the allegation and UN Country Team included it in their situation July 9 report. Where does the UN report say the UN accuses Darfur SLM-Minawi of rape, murder? Shame on you Sudan Tribune: start naming the authors of all the articles you publish. I would have thought an AU helicopter being shot at and statement publicly made by the Sudanese president is verifiable hard news, not hearsay and propaganda.

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