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

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Sudan’s PM Hamdok reinstated but opposition reject deal

November 21 – 2021 KHARTOUM Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, leader of the military junta that seized power in a coup on October 25, signed an agreement with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok in Khartoum today, to reinstate the PM – who has been under house arrest since the coup – and return the country to democratic transition in terms of the Constitutional Document.

In speeches following the signing this afternoon, El Burhan and Hamdok both hailed the agreement as a major achievement, however the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change FFC – the main drivers of the revolution that overthrew the 30-year Al Bashir dictatorship in 2019, and convenors of an ongoing campaign of civil disobedience and mass demonstrations since the coup – have rejected any deal, calling for a complete return to civilian government, the coup leaders to be put on trial for undermining the regime, and for crimes against peaceful demonstrators.

Today’s agreement provides for the Sovereignty Council to supervise the tasks of the transitional period, without direct interference in the executive work. It stipulates the formation of a “government of technocrats,” in addition to expediting the formation of the Legislative Council, the Constitutional Court, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General.

New waves of COVID-19, haemorrhagic fever in Sudan as healthcare fails

November 17 – 2021 KHARTOUM / EL GENEINA Doctors report that health care is failing and in some cases “completely absent” in many parts of Sudan since Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan and a military junta seized power in a coup d’état on October 25.

The Federal Ministry of Health stopped publishing its daily reports of COVID-19 figures following the coup. Medical sources however, point to the large spread of COVID-19 cases “in all states of the country, with a general deterioration in the provision of treatment and diagnostic services”.

The sources further reported a new wave of haemorrhagic fever in Kassala, River Nile state and Northern State, amid “a complete absence of health care after the military coup”.

The Humanitarian Aid Commissioner of West Darfur expects a food gap in the state due to the scarcity of rains, agricultural pests and insects, and the reluctance of many displaced people to go about their agricultural activities, because of the insecurity in the region.

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11 Sudan Ministers resign as ‘Hamdok agreement legitimises military coup regime’

November 23 – 2021 KHARTOUM Eleven Ministers representing the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), who participated in the transitional government before the military junta seized power in a coup d’état on October 25, announced that they have submitted their resignations in writing to Prime Minister Abdallah …

Defiant mass marches continue across Sudan

November 22 – 2021 KHARTOUM Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in all parts of Sudan yesterday, rejecting any negotiation or partnership with the leaders of the coup, and rejecting the agreement signed in Khartoum yesterday between Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, leader of the military junta, and Sudan’s …

West Darfur violence leaves at least 21 dead, thousands displaced

November 22 – 2021 JEBEL MOON At least 21 people died in attacks on villagers and nomads in Jebel Moon, West Darfur, during the past days. About 20 others were injured. Thousands of villagers fled to eastern Chad after their homes burned to ashes. Misseriya tribesman Siddig Ibrahim told Radio Dabanga from the …

UNITAMS welcomes Sudan agreement

November 21 – 2021 KHARTOUM The United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) has welcomed today’s announcement of the agreement between Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), and leader of the military junta that seized power in a …

Sudan doctors count terrible tally of Khartoum dead and injured

November 21 – 2021 KHARTOUM While exact figures are still emerging, it is known that at least 40 people have died as a result of lethal force used by the Sudan military to disperse mass  protests and manifestations of civil disobedience, since a junta seized power in Sudan in a coup d’état on October 25. Wednesday …

More journalists brutally attacked and detained by military forces

November 19 – 2021 KHARTOUM BAHRI The Sudanese Journalist Network (SJN) reported that journalist Ali Farsab was shot and detained while covering the November 17 demonstrations in Bahri El Muasasa. The journalist sustained a bullet wound on his head. The bureau chief of Al Jazeera has been released after …

15 confirmed dead in Sudan protest carnage

November 18 – 2021 KHARTOUM Overnight reports from the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors confirm that the death toll of civilians, after Sudan security forces fired on demonstrations with live ammunition yesterday, has risen to 15, while some of the wounded remain in critical condition. There have also been reports of …

Detentions continue in Sudan – reports of beatings and torture

November 17 – 2021 SENNAR / NYALA / EL OBEID / KHARTOUM The Democratic Lawyers Front of Sudan reports that Mohamed El Hadi, a leading member of the Empowerment Removal Committee in Singa, capital of Sennar state in Sudan, has been subjected to brutal torture at the prison of the Military Intelligence in …