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

Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Nasredin Mofreh (Social media)

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

♦  Minister apologises to Sudan’s Christians for their suffering

December 26 – 2019 KHARTOUM In a speech to mark Christmas, Sudan’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments has expressed his apology to Christians for “the unjust and clumsy policies” that their families and their religion were subjected to during the deposed Al Bashir regime.

Minister Nasredin Mofreh also apologised to Sudanese Christians “for the oppression and harm inflicted on your bodies, the destruction of your temples, the theft of your property, and the unjust arrest and prosecution of your servants and confiscation of church buildings”.

He affirmed that the essence of the divine religions is one, as they all agree in overall and general goals to preserve life, dignity and uphold the values of justice, peace, and love.

“Let’s unite and celebrate our beautiful unique diversity,” Mofreh said.

He called for the necessity to uphold the values of religious tolerance, fraternal solidarity, family cohesion, and preserving the values of mutual compassion and solidarity established in Islam and Christianity.

December 31 – 2019 EL GENEINA Peace talks regarding the Darfur track have been suspended after several people died in clashes between Arab herdsmen and Masalit tribesmen in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur.

The violence erupted on Sunday, between the two groups near Kerending camp for displaced people, east of El Geneina. A source told Radio Dabanga that the clashes were sparked by the killing of one of the herdsmen, allegedly by displaced people at the camp on Sunday.

The fighting in which heavy weapons were used, continued on Monday, and led to the closure of shops, government institutions, and schools. All traffic except for military vehicles came to a halt.

The exact number of casualties is still unclear. The West Darfur security committee reported on Monday that five people were killed. Others speak of eight fatalities.  Kerending camps 1 and 2 allegedly burned to ashes.

The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebel alliance announced the suspension of the peace negotiations on the Darfur track after the incident in El Geneina. They hold the government in Khartoum responsible, and will only return to the negotiation table after a proper investigation into the violence.

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