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

A man searches for gold in Sudan (file photo)

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

Opposition to parley with rebel alliance in Egypt

September 16 – 2019 CAIRO The Egyptian capital of Cairo is set to witness the meeting of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and Sudan Call alliance of opposition parties at the invitation of the Egyptian government on September 20.

Attendees of the meeting will include Sudan Call president, El Sadig El Mahdi, who has been in Egypt since last week and a delegation of the SRF leadership council, namely Malik Agar, President of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North and Deputy President Yasir Arman, Secretary-General Ismail Jalab, and spokesperson Buseina Dinar.

At the end of June, El Sadig El Mahdi expressed his blessing for the Sudan Call to take steps with the SRF to pave the way for a just and comprehensive peace agreement.

Member of Sovereign Council Mohamed El Taayshi spoke at a symposium on the future of peace in Sudan organised by Darfuri journalists at the Friendship Hall in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday, calling for implementation of the agreement with armed movements to allow access for international humanitarian organisations expelled under the former regime to Sudan, including areas of conflict.

Wali calls halt to gold mining in South Kordofan

September 14 – 2019 KADUGLI The acting governor (wali) of South Kordofan ordered an immediate stop to all gold mining activities in the state on Wednesday. Ahmed Mukhtar, head of the National Committee for Environmental Protection, told Radio Dabanga on Friday that the order obliged the concerned authorities to stop the activities of all mining companies operating in South Kordofan.

Last week, the authorities arrested officials of the International Mining Group in the area of  Jagrur in El Tadamon. The mining company allegedly buried internationally prohibited toxic substances near the company's headquarters.

In September, Rashad, Kadeer, and Talodi localities almost daily witnessed mass protests and sit-ins against the use of toxic substances in gold mining. South Kordofan environmentalists reported the death of a large number of livestock and birds in Rashad and El Tadamon in end July, following the decision of the acting governor to resume mining in the state.

Environmentalists have been warning of the health and environmental hazards of the use of toxic mercury and cyanide to extract gold from ore for years.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

Khartoum: Hilal Court Martial denies defence lawyers entry
September 17 – 2019 KHARTOUM / EL GENEINA The military court trying the former Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal and his followers on Monday…

Eight die as 1k+ malaria cases recorded in North Darfur
September 17 – 2019 EL FASHER / NYALA / BLUE NILE At least eight people have died of malaria in North Darfur this week, while doctors at El Fasher…

Minibus drivers protest ‘hasty’ North Kordofan ban
September 17 – 2019 EL OBEID / EL FASHER Owners of HiAce minibuses staged a protest in front of the government buildings in the state capital…

Exhibition by Sudan’s artists to mark anniversary of revolution
September 17 – 2019 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Artists Association is preparing for what it calls the first and largest exhibition of the Sudanese revolution…

Severe bread, fuel shortages in Sudan
September 14 – 2019 KHARTOUM / KASSALA / SUAKIN People in Khartoum are suffering from a major transportation crisis. Kassala witnesses…

Sudan armed movements: Juba Declaration is a major step forward
September 13 – 2019 JUBA Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) chairman El Hadi Idris described the signing of the Juba Declaration of Principles on Wednesday…

Sudan Health Ministry confirms four cases of cholera
September 11 – 2019 KHARTOUM / ED DAMAZIN The Ministry of Health confirmed four cases of cholera in Blue Nile state. It said in a statement issued…

Oil spill in Red Sea near Port Sudan
September 11 – 2019 HOSHIRI / PORT SUDAN The Red Sea coast off Hoshiri near the port of Port Sudan witnessed an oil spill for the fourth time. Journalist…

Former Darfur janjaweed leader Hilal faces court martial in Sudan capital
September 10 – 2019 KHARTOUM / MISTERIYA A military court in Khartoum resumed proceedings on Tuesday to try former janjaweed leader Musa…

Arrests in Central Darfur after fatal Jebel Marra shooting
September 10 – 2019 GOLO / ROKORO / EL FASHER On Sunday, military intelligence agents arrested four young men from Golo district in Darfur’s Jebel…

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