Radio Dabanga was informed on Tuesday 11 September, that citizens from Kutum, North Darfur, are facing difficulties since a state of emergency was announced a week ago. According to the decision, law enforcement services must withdraw Kutum for security reasons, but now residents say they do not know who can support them in settling legal disputes.
Osman Mohamed Yusuf Kibir, the Governor of North Darfur, announced a state of emergency in Kutum on 5 September. As part of his measure, the Governor ordered that the police, the Sudanese Central Reserve Forces (Abu Tira), and the executive and judiciary forces withdrew Kutum. Besides, he appointed Brigadier Mohammad Kamal Mohamed Nur as the administrative and executive supervisor of Kutum and El-Waha localities.
Citizens from Kutum told Radio Dabanga that since law enforcement services' withdrawal, they do not know where to file complaints and they said there is no court available to settle disputes. Citizens stressed it is their right to have access to legal services according to the constitution.
Lawyers and activists from Kutum appealed to the government to return law enforcement services to the city.
On a different note, Radio Dabanga was informed that since Monday 10 September, schools and markets in Kutum are beginning to resume their activities. Sources said that despite the calm and security that began to prevail in Kutum, the population still lives in fear.
Fato Borno residents still in fear
On the same day, residents of the Fato Borno camp, told Radio Dabanga that the recent measures taken by the Governor of North Darfur did not yet improve security nor stability in the area. A leader from the camp said the situation will only improve once border guards and the Sudanese Central Reserve Forces (Abu Tira) permanently leave Kutum and surroundings.
A Fato Borno camp's leader explained to Radio Dabanga that displaced persons cannot move freely outside the camp to go farming, shopping, and fetching water and firewood. He said they still fear being attacked by militias if they leave.
The camp's leader called upon UNAMID to escort and protect camp's residents when they must leave the area to carry out their activities.