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RSF Commander in West Darfur Speaks Out on the Situations in the Region

Introduction:

The phenomenon of central governments recruiting special forces to assist the army in its mission in protecting the nation is not new. Most governments recruit special forces to conduct specific missions following the security situations.

The United States was the first nation that initiated this system through the formation of special fighting units under the name Special Weapon and Tactic Troops (SWAT) in the year 1967.

The mission of SWAT is to control all the violations of the ethnic and terrorism groups which the regular forces could not deal with. SWAT is strongly equipped and is distinguished by its swift movements to bring about control in record time.

The USA has also the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) with almost the similar mission of SWAT but with more advanced equipment that includes airplanes, rockets, warships, and even submarines. The establishment of such highly equipped and qualified forces saves a lot of effort and money. According to experts only a few numbers such forces can quell surprise attacks from insurgents.

Sudan is not exceptional so the government established the Rapid Support Forces and its law was by the National Assembly in its 43rd session of the fourth round on 18th January 2017.

DW (Deutsche Welle) East African Correspondent, Ms. Mariel Muller went to Geneina – the capital city of West Darfur State – to interview with the RSF Commander – West Darfur Sector, Brig. Alam Al-Huda Al-Fahal Hamad answered all the questions on the recent incidents which took place in the Jebel Moon area and other issues.

On the issue of Jebel Moon incidents Brig. Alam Al-Huda affirmed that the RSF is working within the joint forces in the area according to the directives of the Security Committee of the State led by the Governor of West Darfur, pointing out that the Security Committee includes all the security institutions. He added that the situation in the Jebel Moon area is now under control and the violence has considerably declined after the intervention of the joint forces.

On the role of the RSF in safeguarding the joint borders and the social responsibility, he said that the RSF (West Darfur Sector) is considered the most important sector considering that the State represents the western gate of Sudan borders. He added that the location of the state necessitates coordination with the joint forces established at the bordering areas between Sudan and Chad, affirming that the joint forces are working in complete coordination as the relation with sisterly Chad is at its best.

The mission of the joint forces between Sudan and Chad is to prevent crossing crimes, all types of smuggling, and most important the human trafficking and illegal migration, as the human traffickers are taking advantage of the fragile security conditions in Libya to send their victims there through the borders from Sudan on their way to Europe.

He added that the RSF troops launched attacks against the gangs of human trafficking,  drugs, and arms smugglers during which huge quantities of firearms, ammunition, and drugs were seized along with arresting tens of human traffickers and hundreds of infiltrators to Europe from the neighboring countries., adding that about 90% of the human trafficking victims are from Ethiopia and Eritrea, affirming that the Sudanese government shoulders all the expenses of those victims including feeding, sheltering and bringing them back to the destination they came from.

Al-Fahal said they need more support from the international community to curb the human trafficking phenomenon represented by drones, helicopters, mobile clinics, and well-equipped vehicles.

On the social responsibility, Al-Fahal said that the RSF provides support to youth bodies, civil society organizations, students welfare along with protecting the agricultural season and the civilians, pointing out that the RSF has no direct involvement with the civilians as it must protect the civilians from any violent actions or threats targeting the civilian inhabitants.

He said that there is a historical conflict between the herders and the farmers on the availed resources which are declining due to the climate change, but despite that, he affirmed that there is coordination with the local administration and the security organs to reduce the tensions through opening specific routes or tracks for the herders to prevent such tensions.

Al-Al-Huda refuted the allegations about the involvement of the RSF in the Jebel Moon area incident, affirming that there is an organized campaign led by hostile parties to tarnish the image of the RSF.

He also affirmed to the DW correspondent that the RSF is not from specific ethnicity as the hostile media outlets allege, pointing out that the recruits of the RSF are from all parts of Sudan.

On the situation after the UNAMID exit, Alam-Al-Huda said that following the UNAMID exit a special task force was established under the name (Civilian Protection Force) to replace the UNAMID troops, adding that the situation now is better than it was due to the active role of the civilian protection force, pointing out to the considerable role of the RSF in the repatriation of the IDPs to their home villages.

He concluded that they are expecting more influx of refugees from Ethiopia due to the ongoing clashes there, affirming that the government in Eastern Sudan is doing all possible efforts to ban the refugees from infiltrating towards the western borders on their way to Europe through the human traffickers.

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