Five South Sudanese refugees killed and others injured in Sudan

Children reportedly tortured by the Sudanese police in Khartoum. | Courtesy of Eye Radio

Five South Sudanese refugees have reportedly been killed in Sudanese capital Khartoum. Human rights activist there says they were killed in job disputes over the weekend.

Achol Malong Deng told Eye radio on Tuesday that about 45 young people were reportedly injured by Khartoum locals.

“They arrested 1,750 children and tortured them badly. Those young boys are in a very critical situation in police custody somewhere in Khartoum North Locality,” Ms Malong said.

The incident occurred in Haj Yousif and Bori following heated argument between host community and refugees. According to reports, the disagreement was caused by right to lay bricks near the Nile River in Al-Jeriff area.

A press statement issued by the Khartoum State Police headquarters said that 44 brick-workers have been arrested in connection to the conflict.

The police further said they are trying to quell the tensions between South Sudanese refugees and the host community in the area.

Malong says the South Sudan Ambassador to Sudan is involved in restoring peaceful coexistence between the refugees and the area residents in Khartoum.

Latest reports from the UNHCR shows that more than 750,000 South Sudanese have fled to the neighboring Sudan.