A Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) soldier looks through the window of a derelict building. SLA forces armed with Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles are currently controlling Gereida but have no means to provide security outside the town. They are surrounded by Arab Janjaweed nomadic tribes who they blame for all the security incidents in the area. Government-backed Janjaweed militias have been terrorising the population of Darfur since 2003, provoking violence and widespread insecurity. In the countryside, where a state of lawlessness exists, villages are often looted and local people risk being attacked and raped by roaming militants.