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.
Sudan’s capital rocked by fresh protests –Sudan Tribune
Protests continued last night in Khartoum after a failure in public transportation left thousands stranded downtown. The stranded passengers joined students from the Sudan University for Science and Technology, and marched along the Al-Inqaz Bridge chanting anti-government slogans and vandalizing cars. Riot police prevented the crowd from burning an office for a national electric corporation.
The US Department of Defense will work with the South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF), formerly the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), to help them transition from a guerrilla army to a professional military. The US will help in training SSAF officers and personnel, and possibly in creating an air defense capability for South Sudan.
Blue Nile: Agar deplores 74 deaths, over 100 wounded—Radio Dabanga
Malik Agar, former governor of Blue Nile with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) party, denounced the continued bombing raids by Sudan’s government that killed 74 people, wounded over 100, and displaced 500 people from their homes since the conflict began on September 2nd. Agar demanded the government stop bombing, and open safe havens and humanitarian corridors.
S. Sudan & Sudan to start border trade –Radio Miraya
Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to resume trade across the border. Restrictions to trade have adversely affected the economies of both countries resulting in high prices on food goods. The Sudanese government did say that trade would be resumed on the condition that the situations in Blue Nile and South Kordofan are pacified.
Violent behavior from authorities reported in Masudiya—Radio Dabanga
Security authorities in Masudiya arrested 22 people and closed down the trade center of the city on Saturday. The authorities of Masudiya, which was the site of some of the recent protests against the government, allegedly beat residents that had made inquiries, including women and sheiks.
Government restrictions on aid and continuing bombing runs have created a dire medical emergency in the Blue Nile state. Local hospitals are overrun, understaffed, and running out of vital supplies. One hospital in Kurmuk, staffed by a single doctor and 24 nurses, estimates that it will run out of necessary supplies by the end of the week, and has already run out of anesthesia. The nurses have been donating their own blood to keep patients alive. The hospital has treated over 626 people for conflict-related shrapnel wounds.
Four people killed in West-Taweisha—Radio Dabanga
Four people were killed and undetermined number of children abducted when the Popular Defense Forces, a militia allied to the Sudanese government, attacked a civilian area in Korea, West-Taweisha.
Imprisoned HR activist starts second food strike—Radio Dabanga
Detained human rights activist Dr. Bushra Gamar went on a second hunger strike to protest the three months he has been imprisoned without charges or trial. His brother, Dr. Ezzedine Gamar, is demanding that his brother either be released or given a fair trial with real charges.
Leaders of internally displaced person camps in North Darfur have denounced plans to transfer aid and food distribution operations from the World Food Program to the State’s Chamber of Congress. Residents of the camps fear that the transfer will allow the government to withhold food, thereby using it as a weapon to continue the genocide.