♦ This week’s news in brief ♦

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

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


♦ Youths take the streets in Sudan, demos in support of women detainees

February 12 – 2019 KHARTOUM BAHRI On Monday, dozens of youths carried out a vigil Khartoum North, demanding the overthrow of the regime, and the entire week witnessed widespread protests in the streets of the capital city and in the states. One week from now and the protests against the regime of President Omar Al Bashir will hit its mark of two months.

Starting 7 February, marches took place as part of the March for the Detainees and Victims of Torture and vigils called for by the Sudanese Professionals Assocation in Khartoum, Omdurman, Kassala, Port Sudan, and Wad Madani. A major theme of these demonstrations is the killing of teacher Ahmed El Kheir under torture in the cells of the security apparatus.

Today, the United States Embassy in Khartoum stated it is “troubled” by the frequent use of violence by the security forces, including the tear gas attack inside a mosque in Wad Nubawi on Friday which resulted in the beating of worshipers who attempted to hold a peaceful protest.
On Sunday, masses of people took to the streets again in Omdurman to protest against the detention of hundreds of women.

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♦ Nine girls, women raped and wounded in Darfur attacks

February 11 – 2019 KUTUM / ZAMZAM Four women were seriously injured during a rape attempt by militiamen in North Darfur on Friday. “Government-backed militiamen tried to rape a group of nine women living in the Kassab camp for displaced people in Kutum locality,” the Darfur General Coordination for Displaced People and Refugees reported. The four women were stabbed during the attack and are now being treated in the camp.

The group also expressed its indignation about the gang-rape of five displaced women and girls from Zamzam camp, south of El Fasher, on February 4. As did the Darfur Women's Group.

A group of displaced people was attacked by armed men in Um Hashaba area, and five girls and women were raped at gunpoint. The incident was reported by a sheikh at Zamzam to Radio Dabanga last week, saying that there were no reports of arrests.

The Darfur Bar Association has launched an investigation into the gang-rape. The lawyers have called upon the victims to contact them in El Fasher so that they can provide them with the necessary legal aid and prosecute the perpetrators.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

US Embassy ‘troubled’ by frequent violence in Sudan protests

February 12 – 2019 KHARTOUM In a statement on Facebook, the Embassy of the United States in Khartoum said that it is “troubled” by the frequent use of force by the Sudanese government’s…

Sudanese rebel groups extend unilateral ceasefire

February 11 – 2019 KHARTOUM On Saturday, four Sudanese rebel movements announced the extension of a unilateral ceasefire for humanitarian purposes in Darfur, South Kordofan and…

Three killed in UNISFA helicopter crash in Abyei

February 11 – 2019 ABYEI An Ethiopian military helicopter with 23 passengers on board crashed on Saturday inside the compound of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Three crew….

Investigators prove torture of Kassala teacher in detention

February 8 – 2019 KHARTOUM / KASSALA The investigative committee that supervises investigations into the recent events of the Sudan protests has presented a report on the death of teacher Ahmed…


Oil Minister: No sufficient stock of petroleum products for Sudan

February 8 – 2019 KHARTOUM The Sudanese oil minister acknowledged that there has been no strategic stock of petroleum products that is enough for the country’s demand for the past two…


Attacks on displaced farmers in Kutum

February 8 – 2019 KUTUM Displaced people in Kutum locality in North Darfur have complained about the escalation of attacks by herders who trespass with their livestock into gardens and…

Chikungunya fever on the rise in eastern Sudan

February 7 – 2019 PORT SUDAN A government report has shown more than 10,000 cases of chikungunya* fever in Sudan’s Red Sea state over the past four…

Sudan’s Al Bashir pledges to release detained journalists – arrests, harassment continue

February 7 – 2019 KHARTOUM President Omar Al Bashir has pledged to release all journalists detained by security forces and solve all problems of press and media in Sudan, however agents…

More opposition leaders, activists detained in Sudan

February 6 – 2019 KHARTOUM Agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) continued its arrest campaign of political party leaders and active members of coalitions on…



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