Apparent Concealment of Alleged Mass Grave Site in Murta Area, Kadugli
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) report released on 15 August states that individuals from the Murta area of Kadugli claimed on 10 June that there were “fresh mass graves” located near the “Kadugli police training centre,” southeast of the Murta bus station. An eyewitness account received by SSP indicates that, as of 9 June, there was a mass grave in the vicinity of a water tower near the police training center. The eyewitness claim communicated to SSP alleges that bodies were being thrown from a “big truck” into “a hole near the water tower.”
Credit: DigitalGlobe for Satellite Sentinel Project
Five witnesses told SSP that the Central Reserve Police (CRP), also known as Abu Tira, operate a training center in the vicinity of the UNMIS Compound, in Murta, on the outskirts of Kadugli. Those individuals also said that there is a water tower approximately a kilometer from the CRP training center. They each verified the location of the water tower, the CRP training center, and the bus station on a map. DigitalGlobe imagery captured on 2 June shows a facility consistent with their description of the area.
Imagery taken on 4 August reveals the water tower identified by witnesses was moved approximately four meters east of its previous location shown in the 2 June imagery. In the same image, a large hole is clearly visible at the location where the water tower was previously positioned. Imagery taken on 6 August indicates that the water tower has been moved back to its original position directly over the large hole. In addition, a heavy transport truck of some kind can be seen on the road, apparently departing the facility.
Disturbed earth is visible around the water tower in imagery captured on 4 August. On 6 August, when the water tower has returned to its original position, the disturbed earth is still visible. There are no major areas of new disturbed earth visible anywhere else in the vicinity of the water tower.