Rape, murder, looting: massacre in Ardamata is the latest chapter in Darfur’s horror story

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Witnesses recall November’s atrocity as the long-running ethnic conflict in Sudan claims more victims

After days of gunfire, shelling and killings, the townspeople gathered at the playing field and were told the battle was over. They were told they would be safe at home. But the next day the massacre began in earnest.

On 5 November, after capturing a Sudanese military base, fighters from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and allied Arab militia went house to house in Ardamata, a suburb of El Geneina, the capital of Sudan’s West Darfur region, in a frenzy of killing, according to witnesses.

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