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Photo: Men from Leeba in East Jebel Marra gather under the tree every day in the afternoon to pray and read the Koran, or to hide from attacks. They also pray to God to avoid any Antonovs bombing the area. (RD correspondent in 2015)

A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's highlights of the news from Darfur and Sudan


♦ Video of new Jebel Marra displaced, still without aid

June 19 – 2018 JEBEL MARRA The United States, the United Kingdom and Norway have condemned the ongoing clashes between the SLM-AW rebels and Sudan’s army and militias which have ravaged parts of Jebel Marra in the last four months.
In early April, activists told Radio Dabanga that an estimated 50,000 people fled the fighting and militia attacks on their villages. Now newly displaced people in Jebel Marra are still living in caves and valleys in the area without any humanitarian aid. Sources in the south-eastern part of the mountainous area filmed newly displaced people living in the open. “The janjaweed plundered our villages and burned them to ashes,” a young displaced woman said.
An activist in the area told Radio Dabanga that the authorities have refused to grant permits to international relief organisations to intervene and provide humanitarian assistance. Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States said in a press statement on Tuesday: “It is unacceptable that the government of Sudan has repeatedly prevented the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (Unamid) and humanitarian actors from accessing the areas of conflict and displaced populations.”

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More news from Radio Dabanga:

Port Sudan protests: Authorities tighten grip on thirsty city

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‘Displaced farmers, new settlers’ clash in West Darfur

June 19 – 2018 EL GENEINA A man was killed in a clash in El Geneina locality in East Darfur on Sunday. The fight reportedly broke out between displaced people returning home and new…

Deported Sudanese activist still held incommunicado

June 18 – 2018 KHARTOUM The relatives of activist Hisham Ali, who was detained in Khartoum after his deportation from Saudi Arabia in May, have expressed concern about his…

Two killed, dozens wounded in South Kordofan inter-tribal fighting

June 18 – 2018 ABU JUBEIHA Two people were killed and 43 others were injured in clashes between members of the Kenana tribe in South Kordogan’s Abu Jubeiha locality on…

Record inflation tops 60% in Sudan

June 17 – 2018 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Central Statistics Bureau reported on Thursday that the inflation in May was 60,93 per cent, an increase of 4.92 per cent compared with the…

Sudan’s NISS bans journalist, confiscates newspapers

June 15 – 2018 KHARTOUM The Sudanese security apparatus withdrew the press license of journalist Ahmed Younis on Thursday. The same day all copies of El Youm El Tali were seized…

Six civilians killed in ongoing Jebel Marra clashes

June 15 – 2018 TUR / GULDO Clashes between Sudan’s army and militias and the rebel forces are ongoing in the southern and western parts of Jebel Marra in Darfur. Six civilians were…

CPJ awards Sudanese Habani for her journalism

June 15 – 2018 NEW YORK The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) honours Amal Khalifa Idris Habani, a journalist from Sudan, as one of the awardees of the International Press…

Sudan's displaced, refugees welcome Eid El Fitr to call for peace

June 15 – 2018 YIDA / EL FASHER / KADUGLI Displaced people and refugees in camps in Sudan and abroad sent a message of peace and hope for this year’s Eid El Fitr…

Vaccines for children destroyed as ‘UN vehicle abused by Commissioner’ in Sudan’s El Gedaref

June 13 – 2018 EL GEDAREF Large quantities of vaccines for children have reportedly been rendered useless after the Commissioner of Gala El Nahal locality in Sudan’s El Gedaref…



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