♦ This week’s news in brief ♦

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

On 25 January 2020, Radio Dabanga editor-in-chief Kamal El Sadig arrives at his hometown in Um Keddada in North Darfur for the first time since he left Sudan 11 years ago (RD)

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

Heroic voices of Radio Dabanga honoured at Sudan National Museum

January 23 – 2020 KHARTOUM 23 eminent voices from Darfur and other parts of Sudan that have made Radio Dabanga the trademark for trustworthy news in Sudan, were honoured by Radio Dabanga editor-in-chief Kamal El Sadig at a celebration event at the National Museum in Khartoum on Wednesday.

Amongst those that shape the popular image of Dabanga are Hussein Abusharati, Spokesperson for the Displaced and Refugees in Darfur, and Adam Abdelrasoul, who is the voice of West Jebel Marra who reported about the hardship of citizens under the bombing campaigns of the Al Bashir Regime.

The crowd also cheered for the blind Sheikh Matar Younis from Zalingei, Amouna Gamredin from El Gireida in South Darfur, Aziza Abdallah Babiker from Kabkabiya, North Darfur, and student spokesperson Saadiya Abukadok, the female voices of the radio who suffered severe hardship due to arrest and persecution as Radio Dabanga correspondents.

Speaking on behalf of the transitional government of Sudan, Member of the Sovereign Council, Siddig Tawir confirmed that Radio Dabanga really was the voice for the voiceless in the conflict areas under the previous government.

Sudan removes all restrictions on aid organisations

January 26 – 2020 KHARTOUM Sudan has called upon international humanitarian aid organisations, including those expelled during the deposed Al Bashir regime, to return and carry out their humanitarian operations without restrictions.

In a press statement on Friday, the Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Abbas Fadlallah confirmed that the commission issued a decision that “Sudan has opened the door wide for the return of all international humanitarian organisations that were expelled during the era of the former regime”. He pledged to remove all restrictions that may hinder the movements of the organisations.

Abbas confirmed that that all the expelled NGOs have permission to operate in all regions of Sudan, including areas under the control of rebel movements.

He pointed out that “NGOs are the right hand of the government in providing services and filling the gaps in humanitarian aids and other services”.

Abbas said that some of the organisations that were expelled by the deposed regime have returned and registered again. “We feel sorry for the way the former regime treated these NGOs,” he said. He praised MSF (doctors without borders) and its fundamental role in providing services to the South Sudanese refugees and in the host community in the White Nile state.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

US Assistant Secretary of State Nagy: ‘Foreign debt – not US terror list – main obstacle to Sudan securing financial support’

January 28 – 2020 KHARTOUM “Considerable arrears to international financial institutions”, which prevent those institutions from making additional loans or grants to Sudan, is the main reason…

SPA criticises appointment of three new Ministers of State in Sudan government

January 27 – 2020 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) strongly criticised the decision to appoint three Ministers of State in the transitional government. The SPA calls it…

Sudan govt. rebels sign framework agreement in Juba

January 26 – 2020 JUBA Sudan’s transitional government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement faction under the leadership of Malik Agar (SPLM-N Agar) have signed a framework peace…

Sudanese activists demand Al Bashir be transferred to ICC

January 26 – 2020 THE HAGUE On Friday, a group of Sudanese activists living in and the Netherlands and elsewhere in the diaspora presented an open letter to the Office of the Prosecutor of the…

Sudan Ministry: 25,000 sacks of flour ‘leaked’ every day

January 26 – 2020 KHARTOUM The Ministry of Industry and Trade in Sudan has announced new measures to control and monitor the distribution of flour. The ministry acknowledges that 25…

Sudan Finance Minister: ‘Diesel subsidies to be cut’

January 24 – 2020 KHARTOUM Finance Minister Ibrahim El Badawi announced during a national television interview yesterday that subsidies on diesel will be gradually lifted in the second half…

32 civilians dead in ‘Sudanese army’ attack in disputed Abyei region

January 23 – 2020 ABYEI On Wednesday, 32 people were reportedly killed, 25 injured, three children went missing, and 19 houses were torched in an attack by gunmen – allegedly affiliated with…

Breakthrough on Darfur in Sudan peace negotiations

January 21 – 2020 JUBA The Sudanese government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance achieved a breakthrough on Darfur during the peace negotiations in Juba, South Sudan…


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