Sudanese government forces and militias are being accused of killing and raping hundreds of civilians in the Blue Nile State, according to a human rights group Tuesday.
“I saw bodies all the way from Damazine to Ethiopia,” a man named Kasmero said, as quoted by the Enough Project rights group.
Battles between government forces and rebels have raged on in the southern state since last month, the group added. Many residents have been forced to leave their homes but when they fled, they were attacked by government forces.
“There is no discrimination, the common theme is you are black,” Kasmero added, confirming accounts given by other refugees who recently fled.
The report came after members of Enough visited Sherkole refugee camp in Ethiopia where 29,000 have gone after fighting in the southern state broke out in early September.
“Soldiers with small arms were chasing the civilians … who captured some of the civilians and slaughtered people,” said a woman named Asma, as quoted by the rights group.
Blue Nile is located next to the restive state of South Kordofan, which has seen recent violence. The army has waged battles with opposition forces and the government confirmed on Tuesday that hundreds of rebels had been killed.
“Several hundred members of the (rebel) movement were killed this day in an assault on the city of Teludi that was repelled by the armed forces,” Gov. Ahmed Haroun told the Sudan Tribune.