Monday, November 08, 2004

Darfur mass graves desecrated

08/11/2004 - Kabkabyia, Sudan - Unknown assailants desecrated several mass graves in the Darfur region of Sudan, an aid worker in Kabkabyia told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa on Sunday.

The attackers removed the bodies from the graves, possibly in an attempt to conceal the traces of a massacre, said the aid worker who did not want to be named.

Members of the African Union's peacekeeping mission in the region (Amis) confirmed the destruction of the graves. A spokesperson said Amis was investigating the incident but had not yet found any clues. The number of bodies removed was also unknown, the spokesperson said.

The mass graves were created in early 2003, after Arab militias attacked and killed many residents of the village of Shoba. The survivors had hastily buried the victims in mass graves before fleeing further attacks.

"This is the first time that we hear about graves being desecrated in such a way," said the aid worker.

Meanwhile, another eight people were killed in the strife-torn area on Saturday, when rebels of the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) attacked a fuel convoy of the Sudanese military.

The Sudanese subsequently sent a military plane into the area.

Rebels have frequently attacked government convoys in recent weeks in order to replenish their own supplies. - Sapa-dpa,,2-11-1447_1617343,00.html

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