♦ This week’s news in brief ♦

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

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


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♦ Chikungunya outbreak declared in parts of Kassala

September 11 – 2018 KASSALA The federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the outbreak of the virus chikungunya in Kassala state, two weeks after the first reports about the mosquito-borne fever appeared on the news. The head of the emergency department at the ministry, Dr Leila Hamad El Nil, said that there are 6,250 cases of chikungunya in Sudan’s northeastern state on Monday.

She pointed out that most cases have been recorded in Kassala, the state capital, and the rest is mainly centred in the areas of western El Gash, and some districts of eastern El Gash. El Nil said that the virus “does not lead to death”.

A health source reported to Radio Dabanga from Kassala that the chikungunya virus, locally known as kankasha, is spreading in an unprecedented manner. “You find patients in each and every home in Kassala,” he said. “The health centres and clinics in the state are overcrowded.”

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♦ NISS bans reporter, seizes newspapers in light of 'red lines'

September 11 – 2018 KHARTOUM A Sudanese reporter was banned from writing for El Saiha newspaper and from appearing on satellite TV. Columnist Abdelbagi El Zafir told Radio Dabanga: “This decision is a sad one.” El Zafir had published details of a closed meeting of the ruling party, the NCP, when it decided to amend the constitution to make President Omar Al Bashir’s third presidential term possible. The ban happened against the background of the new Press and Publications Act, approved in June, which has provided for the suspension of journalists from writing.

El Saiha copies were confiscated by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on Monday. On Friday the security apparatus confiscated the print runs of El Jareeda, El Tayyar, and El Rai El Aam. In these cases, the NISS officials did not simply delay distribution as it was in the past, where the copies would be returned after 8am. The security service routinely seizes copies of newspapers, to either prevent circulation of certain articles or to punish them retroactively for breaching the unwritten red lines. More often than not the moves inflict financial losses on the affected news media.


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Miners blocked from working in S. Kordofan gold area

September 11 – 2018 KADUGLI Last week, gold miners were denied entrance to the gold exploration area north of Kadugli, the state capital. They…

Herders killed, arrested by North Darfur police

September 11 – 2018 TAWILA Two herders were killed in North Darfur and two were arrested in a clash between a government force, after the…

Five injured in new student clashes in Sudan’s Sennar

September 10 – 2018 SINGA On Sunday, at least five students have been injured at Sennar University in new clashes between students of the…

Rains, floods wreak death, destruction across Darfur and Sudan

September 10 – 2018 SUDAN The torrential rains in Niereteti in Central Darfur have left two people dead, more than 700 homes destroyed, and…

€10 million German grant for reconstruction in Darfur

September 10 – 2018 BERLIN / DARFUR The German Federal Development and Economic Cooperation Ministry has announced a grant of €10 million…

South Darfur school teacher killed trying to prevent rape

September 9 – 2018 MERSHING A secondary school teacher was shot dead in South Darfur’s Mershing locality on Thursday. Six suspects have…


Sudan militia prevents smuggling of 154 men to Libya

September 9 – 2018 EL MALHA / KHARTOUM The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Sudan’s main militia, have thwarted the smuggling of 154 young…


Protests after soccer supporter slain in northern Sudan

September 9 – 2018 DELGO On Thursday and Friday, hundreds of people in Delgo in the Northern State took to the streets in protest against the…

Sudanese social media activist harassed in Egypt

September 7 – 2018 CAIRO A Sudanese activist living in Cairo has been harassed by the Egyptian security service in an attempt to make him stop…

Sudan ambassador mugged for mobile phone in Libya

September 6 – 2018 TRIPOLI The Ambassador of Sudan to Libya, Osman Mohamed El Faki, has been slightly injured during an armed robbery in…

Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad without food rations

September 5 – 2018 EASTERN CHAD Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad protest the suspension of food rations since early August.Sheikh Yahya…


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