ONLY A HANDFUL of people took to the streets of Khartoum to usher in the new era. Some, sitting on trucks hoisting Sudanese flags, shouted “civilian” —a catchphrase of the peaceful protest movement that in April toppled a dictator, Omar al-Bashir. But there was little euphoria in the Sudanese capital after the announcement of a power-sharing agreement between the junta in charge of Sudan and the protest movement that wants a civilian-led transition to democracy. “It’s a deal,” says Amjed Farid, a protest leader. “It’s a compromise.” The draft agreement, which is due to be signed this week, sees civilians appointed to six of the 11 seats on a “sovereign council”, which will become the highest decision-making body overseeing the transition to democracy. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. The agreement, which was reached after tens of thousands of protesters … [Read more...] about The Sudan peace deal is greeted with little excitement
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The battle for Sudan’s future reached a critical point with the brutal crackdown on a protest camp in Khartoum. Much of it depends on how the ambitions of interim vice president and ex-Janjaweed chief, Mohamed Hamdan "Hemedti" Dagalo, are handled. Over the past few months, as protesters staged a sit-in in Khartoum, “the bush” was gradually seeping into, and asserting its presence, in the Sudanese capital.Perched on Land Cruisers mounted with machine guns, heavily armed troops in desert khaki uniforms seemed to take over the city, stationed at every bridge, street junction and around the main opposition protest camp in Khartoum.The armed men were not part of the regular Sudanese army. They belonged to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group born out of the Darfur conflict and led by a warlord whose name sparks terror among the non-Arab tribes of the western Sudanese region who experienced his brutality.Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo -- widely known by his … [Read more...] about Can a former Janjaweed commander determine Sudan’s future?
"When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad. He fled over the border from Sudan's western Darfur region in 2004, a year after the armed forces and their allies, the Janjaweed horseback militia, began their murderous assault on non-Arab people. Taking reprisals against rebels fighting Omar al-Bashir's Arab-dominated government, they raped, tortured and massacred civilians, razed their villages and poisoned their wells across arid territory the size of France. Abdallah was 14 when he arrived in Chad. Today he is 29 and still living in the Treguine refugee camp, one of 12 sites for 340,123 registered Sudanese jointly run by the United Nations and Chadian authorities. The young Darfuri has only hazy memories of events that claimed at least 300,000 lives in violence, hunger and disease, according to UN figures. "Gunshots, people on horses and camels," he recalled, … [Read more...] about Sudan’s Darfur refugees wonder when their turn will come
Lifestyle / Entertainment by Press Association 01/04/2019, 11:00 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Game Of Thrones star Jerome Flynn has said he is “changed forever” after meeting child soldiers and other children affected by the civil war in South Sudan. The actor met former child soldiers and their families, and displaced children who fled their homes because of violence, during a recent fact-finding trip organised by World Vision. He said their stories were sometimes “almost too painful to bear”. “Children told me about unimaginable horrors they had seen and experienced,” said Flynn, who is an ambassador for the international charity. “Some children were kidnapped by armed groups and forced to fight and kill and watch other children get killed for not keeping up. “Others fled torched homes and villages and sought refuge in camps for displaced people, with little food and no education. … [Read more...] about Jerome Flynn ‘changed forever’ after meeting child soldiers in South Sudan
Sudan summoned Egypt's ambassador to Khartoum on Thursday to protest Cairo's "illegal" call for oil and gas exploration bids in the Red Sea area of Halayeb, claimed by both countries. Egypt's control of the Halayeb triangle, which lies in a mineral-rich border region, has for decades been a bone of contention between Cairo and Khartoum, despite an overall improvement in ties since an October summit. On March 10, Egypt's state-owned South Valley Egyptian Petroleum Holding Company invited bids for 10 oil and gas exploration blocks in what it said were Egyptian territorial waters in the Red Sea. "The foreign ministry summoned the Egyptian ambassador Hossam Eissa on Thursday to protest against the tenders invited by the Egyptian oil ministry for areas under the sovereignty of Sudan," Sudan's foreign ministry said in a statement. "Sudan is asking Egypt to stop all procedures concerning the tenders given the situation about the Halayeb triangle." Sudan has regularly protested at Egypt's … [Read more...] about Sudan summons Egypt envoy over Red Sea oil bids