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November 28 - 2018 DABANGA SUDAN

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


♦ Rebels 'repel government militia attacks' in Darfur's Jebel Marra

November 27 - 2018 FEINA Rebels of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdelwahid claimed that the Rapid Support Forces destroyed agricultural fields in Jebel Marra, following reported clashes between the rebel forces and Sudan’s paramilitary forces on Saturday.

SLM-AW fighters said they responded to an attack in Feina in south-eastern Jebel Marra that day, confirming that they are sure that 18 RSF militiamen were killed and 18 others wounded. Yesterday the rebels accused RSF troops of burning crops in a number of villages in south-eastern Jebel Marra, “in order to starve the residents by using hunger as a weapon”. Radio Dabanga was not yet able to corroborate the claim.

Last week Sudanese military forces attacked SLM-AW rebels in Tibein in northern Jebel Marra. Early November, the commander of the RSF vowed to eliminate the SLM-AW in Jebel Marra in three months. There has been no official reaction from the Sudanese armed forces or the official spokesman about what is happening on the ground and there have been no confirmed reports yet of displacements.

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♦ Draft peace pre-negotiation deal signed by Darfuri rebel groups

November 26 - 2018 ADDIS ABABA Two non-signatory rebel groups, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement faction headed by Minni Minawi (SLM-MM), signed a pre-negotiation agreement draft after proposing the amendment to remove the words ‘Darfur’ and ‘Sudan’ from the Doha Document for Peace on Friday.

Their signature signalled the end of a two-day series of meetings which discussed the future of the peace process in Darfur and the obstacles that stand before it. It is understood by Radio Dabanga that this amendment was made because the two parties do not wish to talk about the problems of Darfur or Sudan, but to talk about issues of democracy, economy and so forth which emanate from Khartoum.

If the government approves this along with a cessation of hostilities for humanitarian purposes which sets the negotiating agenda, the parties will enter into negotiations. Yesterday Dr Amin Omer, who is the chief negotiator of the Darfur peace file that was first signed in 2011, has confirmed the readiness of the government to resume negotiations with the Darfur movements.

The African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) now prepares a meeting with the Sudan Call alliance of opposition parties in Ethiopia next month.


More news from Radio Dabanga:

East Darfur cattle owners and state differ on reported ‘smallpox virus’

November 27 - 2018 ED DAEIN / NYALA Cattle owners in East Darfur have made complaints about the emergence of a smallpox-like virus among their cattle. The state’s...

Lawyers demand Sudan security hand deported activist to prosecution

November 26 - 2018 KHARTOUM The defence team of Mohamed El Boshi, who was deported from Cairo by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)...

Sudanese refugees in Chad lament food distribution delays

November 25 - 2018 TOULOUM REFUGEE CAMP, CHAD Sudanese refugees in camp Touloum in eastern Chad have refused to be classified into three categories with regard to...

UN representative holds talks with Governor of South Kordofan on humanitarian aid

November 25 - 2018 KADUGLI The United Nations Resident Representative for Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son, has held discussions with the Governor of...

‘Sexual violence, FGM on the increase in Sudan’

November 25 - 2018 KHARTOUM A Sudanese human rights organisation has highlighted an increase in sexual and physical violence against women and children in the country, as well...

Sudanese student ‘critical’ after NISS beating

November 25 - 2018 DONGOLA A student at the University of Dongola in Sudan’s Northern State is reportedly in critical condition in hospital after a severe beating by members of the...

AUHIP head, Salva Kiir talk about Sudan process in Juba

November 23 - 2018 JUBA / KHARTOUM The head of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has held talks in Juba with South Sudanese president Salva...


Bread, fuel and cash shortages in eastern Sudan

November 23 - 2018 PORT SUDAN / EL GEDAREF Port Sudan has been experiencing severe shortages of bread, diesel and liquidity for over a week. Bakeries have started with a...

Musa Hilal’s group calls for armed action

November 23 - 2018 EL SAREIF BENI HUSSEIN The Sudanese Revolutionary Awakening Council led by the imprisoned militia leader Musa Hilal, declared in a statement yesterday...

Walk-out by 100+ Sudan MPs as 2020 Election Act passedNovember 22 - 2018 OMDURMAN More than 100 members of the Sudanese National Assembly, representing 34 parties and movements, as well as the Change Alliance and...



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