♦ 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


♦ Tribe, skin colour requested in new security form for journalists

November 13 – 2018 KHARTOUM Newspaper editors in Sudan have been obliged to fill in forms for the security apparatus which include details such as tribe, skin colour, and political affiliation. The security service (NISS) has demanded that newspaper editors fill in a form of personal data and information including tribe, skin colour, military activity, a sketch of their houses and the closest methods of access to them, as of Sunday. The distribution of the form among newspaper editors is not new in Sudan, but it now demands more sensitive information about the editors and their partners. Journalist Ashraf Ibrahim, editor-in-chief of El Jareeda newspaper: “I do not know why this form was designed in this way. This information has bad connotations.”

The 6-page security form comes one and a half week after newspaper editors-in-chief signed the restrictive Media Charter of Honour at the request of the NISS.

Continue reading


♦ US to consider removing Sudan from terrorism sponsor list

November 13 – 2018 KHARTOUM / WASHINGTON US Charge d’Affaires, Steven Koutsis, held a press conference at the embassy about the new phase which the USA and Sudan have entered, in order for the country to be removed from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

The US State Department recently announced its commitment to start a process with Sudan to rescind the country's designation as a sponsor of terrorism, in the event the “relevant statutory criteria have been met”. Today, Koutsis elaborated on the 'Phase II' framework for the bilateral cooperation in Khartoum. He said that it gives them the opportunity to improve “a number of key areas of mutual concern, including the protection of religious freedom and other human rights”.

Last week, a US presidential notice announced the continuation of the national emergency with respect to Sudan, in spite of a recent visit of a Sudanese delegation to Washington. President Donald Trump explains why despite recent positive developments, the crisis constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Sudan has not been resolved.


More news from Radio Dabanga:

At least 20 Sudanese militiamen killed in Yemen

November 13 – 2018 NYALA At least 20 fighters from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been killed and more than 100 were wounded in the fierce fighting that has been…

Sudan fuel, bread shortages: no end in sight

November 12 – 2018 SUDAN The fuel and bread crisis in Khartoum and other major cities in…

North Darfur farmer shot defending women from rape attempt

November 12 – 2018 SHANGIL TOBAYA Farmer Jamaleldin Saleh Abdallah, known as El Kabeer, was shot while confronting gunmen who tried to rape farmers in Silokandro area…

Concerns over spread of disease following rains in Port Sudan

November 11 – 2018 PORT SUDAN The residents of Port Sudan, capital of eastern Sudan’s Red Sea state, have complained of the spread of flies and mosquitoes due to recent rains…

AUHIP, Sudan Call meeting on roadmap amendments

November 9 – 2018 BERLIN The mediating African Union panel (AUHIP) discussed amending the roadmap for peace with the Sudan Call, a coalition of Sudanese opposition…

Chikungunya emerges in South Darfur, expert hired for advice

November 9 – 2018 TULLUS Medical sources reported cases of chikungunya in Tullus locality in South Darfur. The ministry of health hired an expert to investigate prevention…

Sudanese Pound continues flux against US Dollar

November 8 – 2018 KHARTOUM The value of the Sudanese Pound continues to fluctuate against the US Dollar. Opposition forces predict it will get worse before it gets any…

Sudan army storms Sennar campus, 14 students detained

November 7 – 2018 SENNAR On Sunday, Sudanese regular forces stormed the Abu Naama compound at the University of Sennar and detained 14 students at on pretext of violating…



This digest is an excerpt from the weekly Darfur & Sudan News Update. Subscribe here to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox