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
Khartoum says no rebel threats in eastern Sudan—Sudan Tribune
The Sudanese government is rejecting reports that one faction of the Beja Congress is massing rebel fighters on the Sudan-Eritea border on the request of the embattled opposition groups in the Blue Nile. The government also refuted statements made by the faction of the Beja Congress that is loyal to the government, in which they said Blue Nile is at high risk of famine. Although Sudan achieved a peace agreement with the Beja Congress in October 2006, many Beja Congress supporters felt the peace agreement had not really helped eastern Sudan.
SPLM-N’s Arman lays bare regime-change agendas in Sudan—Sudan Tribune
SPLM-N Secretary General Yasir Arman announced that the SPLM-N is “beyond the framework agreement” that was signed between the SPLM-N and Sudanese government in June but was quickly dismissed by Bashir, and are now working for regime change. Arman believes regime change is the only solution that would solve the conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile together, as well as problems of corruption and economic sanctions. Arman says that after the removal of the National Congress Party all parties will be invited to partake in creating a new democratic constitution.
The Government of India is working with South Sudan to provide solar electricity to South Sudanese villages in Warrap, Unity, Central Equatoria, and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states. The project will be completed through UN Women and the South Sudanese Ministry of Gender, Child, and Social Welfare, which will send women from the villages to India for six months of training to learn how to make, install, and maintain the solar electricity. The women were selected by their respective villages to participate in the training.
SAF continues shelling in Blue Nile—Radio Dabanga
The Sudanese Armed Forces are still running bombing raids over Blue Nile state, and have even bombed locations on the Ethiopian side of the border. An Ethiopian soldier and a civilian were killed in the bombing.
Protests continue in Khartoum—Radio Dabanga
Demonstrators continue to protest on the streets of Khartoum over the high prices on basic goods. The protest was broken up with batons and teargas. Three youth protestors were arrested.
A senior leader in South Sudan’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Luka Biong Deng, denounced Sudan’s conditional withdrawal of Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) from the contested Abyei region. Under the agreement made between the SPLM and Sudanese government in June both were required to withdraw their troops from Abyei by September 30th. The Sudanese government did not withdraw by this deadline, and a spokesman for the SAF has said that the troops will be not be withdrawn until the UN Interim Security Forces for Abyei (UNIFSA) are fully deployed.
The Sudanese government lost 35 percent of its revenue, about $4 billion annually, when oil-rich South Sudan seceded. Sudan is now looking to gold and copper mining to make up the difference. Mining precious metals is expected to bring in $4 billion a year, if gold smuggling is ended. The government has pledged to stop gold smuggling so that the sale of Sudanese gold can improve the economy. Sudan will need foreign investment to get the equipment and training to begin extensive mining.