Sudanese farmers demand protection from “Ethiopian militias”

Farmers in the eastern part of Sudan have revealed worrying movements by what they described as “Ethiopian militias” and called on the government to help them deal with the forces on the move.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Gedaref state farmers located near the eastern Sudanese-Ethiopian border have called on the government to protect them from Ethiopian “militias and farmers”.

In 2020, the Sudanese army announced that it had managed to reclaim over 95% of Gedaref state from Ethiopian militias after a series of skirmishes that took place mostly in al-Fashaga.

Al-Fashaga had been a disputed zone for the past 20 years, with both Sudan and Ethiopia claiming sovereignty over the land.

Last year, a Sudanese effort to mediate between the Tigray resistance forces and the Ethiopian government, led by former Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, was rejected by the Ethiopian side.

A spokesperson for the Ethiopian government hinted at Sudan’s “taking” of al-Fashaga as something that makes the Ethiopian government question the mediator’s bipartisanship.

Sudan on the other hand has been accusing Ethiopia of breaking a 1903 border agreement, and that Sudan had not taken al-Fashaga but rather spread its own troops along its own national borders.

A farmer along the eastern border told SUNA on Sunday that the government must hurry and “arm farmers” and “increase military reinforcements” for eastern strip security forces after the latest movements by the militias.

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