The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) denounced on Tuesday that the increase in violence in the Sudanese state of West Darfur last month forced 2,500 people to move to Chad.
Babar Baloch, spokesman for the UN body, has warned that ethnic clashes in the west of the country have affected around 20,000 people, most of them women and children.
He explained that many of the refugees who had just arrived in Chad had returned to the Sudanese area earlier this year. Recent attacks include the one on July 25 in the town of Masteri, west Darfur, in which 61 members of the Masalit community were killed and 88 others injured.
The attacks, many of which were carried out by groups of armed nomads, burned houses and completely destroyed communities, according to Baluch. More than 80 percent of those who reach the Chadian border are women, children and individuals. Seniors “fleeing violence for their lives”.