Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of Sudan. SDC/GI-NET does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post
Al-Bashir vows to defend Sudan against “traitors”—Sudan Tribune
President Omer Al-Bashir pledged to rigorously defend Sudan against “traitors”. He demanded the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) put down their arms, as political parties could not have armies under the Sudanese constitution. He said that, “There will be no neglect in dealing with traitors because Sudan is protected by strong hands and an army that does not know defeat”.
Air strikes in the Blue Nile continued over the past week; the latest reported strike occurred Monday. On Friday of last week some 1,500 refugees crossed through the Karmuk border crossing into Ethiopia. UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) officials estimate some 25,000 Sudanese are now in Ethiopia and the organization is attempting to relocate these refugees to the safer Sherkole camp.
Food price protests renew in Sudan’s capital—Sudan Tribune
Khartoum was the site of renewed protests over the rising cost of food. 150 young people demonstrated in a square, burning tires, and demanding regime change. The protests were broken up with teargas and arrests, and the government blamed the protests on unnamed groups. The government has shut down independent newspaper Al-Jaridah.
UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) asked for more than $18 million to take care of 35,000 estimated to arrive in Ethiopia from the Blue Nile state of Sudan where bombing of civilian population centers continued. Currently 25,000 refugees are already living in Ethiopia, and with the continuing bombing the number is expected to rise.
‘Armed men attacked nomads and farmers’—Radio Dabanga
A UNAMID investigation discovered that the earlier reported deaths of several people due to clashes between nomads and farmers were actually killed by armed men. In fact, representatives of the nomadic and farmer communities were sitting down to a peace committee to discuss farming rights and nomadic migration, when four armed men drove up in Land Rovers and opened fire, killing four people and injuring several others. The earlier erroneous report by UNAMID has caused the two communities to distrust UNAMID and suspect they are in collusion with the Sudanese government.
S. Sudan: High food prices push inflation rates to 57%–Sudan Tribune
Annual inflation rates in South Sudan have risen to 57% because of the rise in food prices and beverages. Some have blamed the inflation due to food prices on the closure of the borders between North and South Sudan.
Chad President Idris Deby sent an envoy to Khartoum to reassure President Bashir that Chad remains committed to the border security arrangements agreed upon in January 2010. Tensions between Chad and Sudan increased after the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) leader, Khalil Ibrahim, slipped back into Darfur from over the Chadian border. Sudan is concerned JEM may upset the Doha peace process with the rebel group Liberation and Justice Movement.
South Sudan on Track to be mine-free—Miraya FM
The South Sudan Mine Authority has reported that South Sudan is on track to be mine free by the year 2025. It says that 8,000 miles of roads have already been cleared and first priority are those areas suspected to have large concentrations of mines.
At the UN General Assembly, Burkina Faso’s foreign minister and former chief mediator for Darfur peace talks, Djibril Bassole, called on rebels in western Sudan to agree to a ceasefire and enter peace talks with the government. Bassole is attempting to continue the Doha peace talks and get Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) rebels to participate. The Doha peace process has stalled because the Sudanese government has refused to open the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DPPD) for renegotiations, saying the only topics up for continued discussion is participation in the government and reintegration of rebels.