♦ Sudan: This week’s news in brief ♦

A compact digest of the past week’s most-read highlights, from the heart of Sudan.

March of the Millions in Khartoum on October 30. Banner reads 'We shall not be ruled by the UAE and El Sisi - Freedom Peace Justice' (Photo: Social media)

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Death toll rises, hundreds wounded in Sudan anti-coup demos

November 1 – 2021 KHARTOUM / OMDURMAN / EL GEDAREF / KASSALA The number of victims of the demonstrations against the military coup since October 25 has risen to at least 12 dead and hundreds wounded.

The official police press office disputes these figures, however, the ongoing internet and telecommunications blockade in Sudan is complicating communications with and between reliable sources. Other sources estimate the actual 'body count' to be much higher, and exact numbers remain difficult to assess or confirm.

In its latest update yesterday, the Sudan Doctors Central Committee said that a young protester died of gunshot wounds to the head, sustained on October 25 in Burri in eastern Khartoum. During the October 30 Marches of Millions in Omdurman, three protesters were shot dead. At least 165 people were wounded during the demonstrations in Khartoum, El Gedaref, and Kassala, the medics reported.

On Sunday, Khartoum witnessed a state of cautious calm after the massive October 30 Marches of Millions in which an unprecedented number of people participated.

Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, Commander of the Sudanese army, addresses military recruits in Khartoum (Social media)


Sudan putschists continue detention campaign in the states

October 29 – 2021 NYALA / ED DAEIN / ATBARA / KHARTOUM Following a military coup four days ago, a number of government officials and activists were detained. The following days, more people were held. Military forces are reported to have been going house to house in Khartoum detaining activists and protest organisers.

Activists reported from South Darfur that 13 people were held in Nyala on Thursday, including two members of the Nyala Democratic Lawyers Alliance, the South Darfur government media director, and two members of the South Darfur Empowerment Removal Committee, by a joint force of army and military intelligence officers and paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces.

In Ed Daein, capital of East Darfur, military troops detained the directors of four state Ministries on Thursday morning. In northern Sudan, a number of leaders of the Atbara Railway Union were held. Reports about detentions in South Kordofan reached Radio Dabanga as well, but no details were provided.

More than 60 Sudanese ambassadors and diplomats also publicly rejected the military coup on Thursday, following an earlier statement by eight of their colleagues a day after the coup.

More Dabanga news

Civil disobedience across Sudan, FFC ‘will not negotiate with coup’

November 2 – 2021 KHARTOUM The wide public response to a campaign of civil disobedience in protest against the October 25 military coup in Sudan continues in the capital Khartoum, as well as other cities in Sudan and abroad. It is impacting on all aspects of life and reports continue of deaths and …

Beja Nazirs reopen ports and roads in Eastern Sudan

November 2 – 2021 PORT SUDAN The High Council of Beja Nazirs and Independent Chieftains announced the opening of the Red Sea ports and the Port Sudan-Khartoum highway, with immediate effect. The opening – after a closure that has lasted a month and a half – will last for one month, “in …

Sudanese lawyers, activists call on Gen El Burhan to reverse putsch

November 1 – 2021 KHARTOUM A group of Sudanese bar associations, civil society organisations, and individual lawyers have presented a memorandum to Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and former chairman of the now dissolved …

Sudan forces detain Nuba activists in South Kordofan

November 1 – 2021 KADUGLI Joint forces are arbitrarily detaining activists in the South Kordofan capital of Kadugli since Wednesday in an attempt to prevent demonstrations, says the Sudanese Human Rights and Development Organisation (HUDO) in a press statement today. Since October 27, …

Internet blackout continues, mobile phone service restored in Sudan

November 1 – 2021 KHARTOUM The week-long internet blackout imposed in Sudan after the military coup last Monday continues, with very little internet traffic possible. Telecommunications services began to be restored after a break that lasted for more than a day during the October 30 Marches of

African Union censures Sudan after coup – Troika still recognises PM Hamdok as ‘constitutional leader’

October 28 – 2021 ADDIS ABABA / WASHINGTON / LONDON / OSLO / BERN The African Union (AU) has suspended Sudan from participation, until the return to civilian-led authority, and condemns “the unconstitutional change of government” as “an insult to the common values and democratic …

Condemnation, civil disobedience actions against Sudan military coup continue

October 28 – 2021 KHARTOUM / PORT SUDAN Protests continued in Khartoum and the states following the military coup on Monday, while main roads and bridges in the capital remain blocked by military forces. New nationwide Marches of the Millions are planned for Saturday. Sudanese holdout …

World Bank suspends aid to Sudan after coup

October 28 – 2021 WASHINGTON The World Bank has announced the suspension of all aid to Sudan, and has halted decisions on any new operations in the country after the military seized power in a coup in Khartoum on Monday. In a statement on Wednesday, World Bank President David Malpass …

Gen El Burhan meets UNITAMS head to discuss crisis in Sudan

October 28 – 2021 KHARTOUM The head of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereignty Council and leader of Sudan’s military, Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, held a crisis meeting with the head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes in Khartoum on …