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Clashes and protests in Kordofan

April 20 - 2021 EL ABBASIYA / EL OBEID / ED DAMAZIN
The water crisis continues in the western neighbourhoods of El Obeid (RD)
The water crisis continues in the western neighbourhoods of El Obeid (RD)

The number of victims from the events in El Abbasiya, South Kordofan, on Saturday rose to four deaths and 18 injuries, including children. In North Kordofan’s capital El Obeid, demonstrations took place following water supply interruptions.

Clashes erupted in Abbasiya on Saturday between two groups after the theft of a rickshaw. The unrest is related to other incidents of theft inside the town market and between the roads connecting different areas.

There are serious injuries among the 18 injuries.

The local Security Committee, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), and the Resistance Committees held a meeting on Sunday evening and decided to arrest the perpetrators.

The names of the dead are Younis Ibrahim, Alam Saleh, Mukhtar Abakir, and Nafeesa Omar.

El Obeid protests

Neighbourhoods in El Obeid witnessed demonstrations for the second day in a row, following interruptions of their water supply. People carried out protests in front of the Water Corporation to demand that they address the crisis.

Ahmed Rabah, from a local service committee, told Radio Dabanga that there was a drinking water crisis in several neighbourhoods, especially in Haseeb and El Sahawat. He said that the price of a barrel of water now ranges from SDG 600 to SDG 900.

Rabah attributed the crisis to previous managerial decisions. He stressed that there are enough water resources available and there are no technical faults that could explain any shortage.

Sudan’s Blue Nile state also experiences a water crisis. Three weeks ago, a member of the committee to combat the crisis, told Radio Dabanga from the capital Ed Damazin that the water shortages have been ongoing since March 9.

Water shortages are not the only supply shortages in Sudan. On Sunday, power cuts restarted again in Khartoum and various other cities across the country.

People told Radio Dabanga that they experienced lengthy power cuts without a prior announcement from the Ministry of Energy. They indicated that the power blackouts coincided with a great rise in temperature, which enhanced the suffering of people during the month of Ramadan.


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