Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of Sudan. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that some 235,000 people in South Kordofan and Blue Nile will need food assistance as ongoing fighting and poor weather conditions have destroyed the harvest. The conflicts displaced civilians in South Kordofan before the crop was planted, and in Blue Nile forced them to abandon their crops early in the season. On top of the ongoing battles between the Sudanese military and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, aid organizations have been unable to bring aid to those affected.
‘Sudanese pound set to plummet’—Radio Dabanga
Dr. Hamid Atijani Ali, economics professor at American University in Cairo, has predicted that the Sudanese pound will plummet by the end of this year. Currently the Sudanese pound to the US dollar is 2.6:1, but Dr. Ali expects it to drop to 8:1 or 9:1. Dr. Ali projects that the inflation will cause more demonstrations and implied that the only solution to the problem was the removal of President Omer El-Bashir and his National Congress Party. Dr. Ali said that the level of spending on military and security is contributing to the economic decline.
Refugees capture Abu Tira soldier—Radio Dabanga
An Abu Tira (reserve unit) solider was captured by refugees of the Asalaam refugee camp in El Fasher after he tried to loot them. The refugees held the solider for a day before the police came and took the soldier away. Refugees complain that Abu Tira soldier often come into the camp firing weapons and taking property, and UNAMID does not stop them. Refugees say UNAMID asks them to report these incidents to the police, who they believe will not stop the Abu Tira, and want UNAMID to protect them directly.
Secondary schools in Wau, Lakes state have been closed seven days due to student demonstrations against inflation, corruption, and high food prices. The demonstrations were broken up by police, resulting in one person being killed and three students injured. Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Rizig Zachariah Hassan, formed a committee to look into the students grievances.
South Sudan’s Interior Ministry has closed illegal checkpoints on its highways and has banned illicit tax collection agencies from the country. At least thirteen tax collection points have been closed across South Sudan.
LJM accused of recruiting Darfuris—Miraya FM
Residents of the Asalaam locality in South Darfur have accused Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) rebels of recruiting residents of the area and setting up training camps. Spokesman for LJM, Ahmed Fadel dismissed these allegations and said the recruiters are imposters unconnected to LJM.
‘We want micro finance assistance’—Radio Dabanga
An activist in the Saraf Omra said that women in the camp want solar stoves and micro finance assistance for creating livelihoods that do not require them to leave the camp. Women are often raped when they leave the camps for firewood or when they farm.
Sudan’s opposition party quits power-sharing talks—Sudan Tribune
The Democratic Unionist Parity (DUP) has announced that it has ended negotiations with the President Omer El-Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) on the possibility of participating in the government. The NCP had hoped opposition parties would take a limited role in the government to boost its legitimacy in the face of growing public discontent. The National Umma Party (NUP) similarly ended negotiations and decided not to join the government and the Sudanese Communist Party and Popular Congress Party (PCP) has rejected the offer outright.
Following talks with UNAMID, the Sudan Liberation Army’s Historical Leadership rebel group pledged to stop recruiting and using child soldiers. The Darfur rebel group, which broke away from the Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdel Wahid, also agreed not to attack schools or hospitals, or use children for sexual abuse or forced marriage. The Historical Leadership rebels have identified 120 children that are a part of its group.