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Sudan’s ‘Janjaweed’ leader pledges support for army

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Sudan’s ‘Janjaweed’ leader pledges support for army www.whoownsafrica.com

In a surprising turn of events, Musa Hilal, a prominent tribal leader in North Darfur, has pledged his support behind the Sudanese army in its ongoing conflict with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

This declaration marks a significant shift for Hilal, who had previously been a vocal critic of the RSF and their alleged human rights abuses in Darfur.

Hilal, head of the Revolutionary Awakening Council and chief of the Mahamid branch of the Rizeigat tribe, made his announcement during a public gathering in Um Sunt, North Darfur.

Sudan’s ‘Janjaweed’ leader pledges support for army www.whoownsafrica.com
Sudan’s ‘Janjaweed’ leader pledges support for army www.whoownsafrica.com

“We stand with the armed forces,” he declared, emphasizing the importance of national unity and peace in the face of escalating violence.

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The tribal leader’s decision to align himself with the army comes amid growing tensions between various factions in Sudan. The RSF, a paramilitary group with close ties to the government, has been accused of perpetrating violence, rape, and looting in the region.

Hilal’s denouncement of their actions underscores the need for a more unified approach to tackling the conflict.

Hilal also took the opportunity to address the RSF’s claims that their mission is to dismantle the Sudanese state as established in 1956.

He argued that they have misunderstood the historical significance of the country’s independence and the sacrifices made by its founding fathers.

In November 2017, the RSF arrested Musa Hilal, a prominent Sudanese tribal leader, along with three of his sons.

The arrest came after a case was filed against them by the paramilitary group.

Hilal and his sons faced a military court with charges that included undermining the constitution, inciting war against the state, and provoking tribal conflict.

Sudan’s ‘Janjaweed’ leader pledges support for army www.whoownsafrica.com
Sudan’s ‘Janjaweed’ leader pledges support for army www.whoownsafrica.com

After spending over three years in detention, Musa Hilal was finally released in March 2021, marking his freedom following the fall of Omar al-Bashir’s regime in April 2019.

Hilal’s arrest and subsequent release shed light on the political turmoil and power struggles that have plagued Sudan in recent years, with tribal leaders like him caught in the crossfire of a volatile and uncertain political landscape.

His release symbolized a new chapter for Sudan, one that brings both hope and uncertainty for the future of the country.

As the conflict continues to escalate, Hilal has called for an end to the fighting and a renewed focus on building stronger social ties within the region. His words carry weight among the Darfuri tribes, who have long looked to him for leadership and guidance in times of crisis.

In the coming days, it remains to be seen how Hilal’s decision will impact the ongoing conflict in Sudan. His support for the army could galvanize others to rally behind the effort to restore peace and stability to the region.

As the situation unfolds, one thing is certain – Musa Hilal’s pledge of support marks a significant turning point in the conflict in Darfur.


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