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Soldier shot attempting to stop Central Darfur rape

Details A soldier of the Sudanese army was wounded in a gunfight with two policemen when he attempted to stop the rape of a girl in Bindisi, Central Darfur, on Sunday evening....

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HRs lawyer held, IS supporters arrested in Sudan’s capital

Details Security officers briefly held a legal counsellor of the Ma’aliya tribe in Omdurman on Friday. On Saturday, a number of IS supporters were arrested. Jamaa Mordos Juma was detained at his home in Omdurman, the sister city of Khartoum, on Friday evening. After questioning him during several hours, he was released again, a human rights activist i...

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Poor health services in West and North Darfur

Details The people of Kendebe camp for the displaced in Sirba locality, West Darfur, suffer from a severe shortage of health services in the area. The services in El Fasher Teaching Hospital are rapidly deteriorating. “The 27,000 displaced living in the camp and the population of the seven surrounding villages depend on one health centre in the area of K...

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Employees in South Darfur’s Gireida docked to cover expenses

Details Authorities in Gireida, South Darfur, have decided to deduct SDG17 ($2.80) from their employees’ salaries this month to cover some of the locality’s expenses. Speaking to Radio Dabanga from Gireida, a listener reported that the executive director of the locality, El Hadi Hamed Suleiman, and the head of the Gireida security apparatus announced the...

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Darfur governors to restore rule of law, social fabric

Details The governor of North Darfur announced plans to set up an internal dialogue to restore the social fabric in the state. Security forces in South Darfur are continuing their campaign against violators of the law. In West Darfur, a forum started on Saturday to discuss the “challenges in the development of the state”. Following the formation of the ne...

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Mother commits suicide in El Salam camp, South Darfur

Details On Friday, a mother of five committed suicide in El Salam camp for the displaced in Bielel locality, South Darfur. She was found hanging from a tree, sheikh Mahjoub Adam Tabaldiya reported to Radio Dabanga. He said that the harshness of life in the camp apparently pushed her to take her own life. “She became desperate when she could not feed h...

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Sheikhs kidnapped in North Darfur’s Saraf Umra

Details Three camp sheikhs were abducted my militiamen in Saraf Umra, North Darfur, on Saturday. The sheiks were abducted as a form of retaliation, Abdelrazeg Yousef Suleiman, coordinator of the Saraf Umra camps told Radio Dabanga. He said that the militiamen had requested a faki (traditional Koran healer) at the camp to treat a female relative, who did...

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Major Sudanese miller halts production

Details The Sayga Company, one of the largest flour suppliers in Sudan, shut down its mills on 25 July, reportedly after a dispute with the government about the dollar rate set for wheat imports....

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Bottled water, consumer goods confiscated by Sudan Authority

Details The Sudanese Authority for Standardisation and Metrology confiscated large quantities of bottled water in El Gezira state last week. In Blue Nile state tons of expired consumer goods were seized. The Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) has demanded an investigation of the quality of water bottled in Khartoum state. Approximately 19,000 bottles of...

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South Darfur farmer molested, refugee shot in eastern Chad

Details A displaced farmer in Nyala locality, South Darfur, was seriously wounded by two militiamen on Thursday. In eastern Chad, a resident of the Gaga refugee camp was shot in the foot in an armed robbery. “The militiamen attacked Hassan Kenan Redwan, as he was working on his land in the area of Shanji, about 10 kilometres east of Kalma camp,” a wit...

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South Darfur farmer beaten, refugee shot in eastern Chad

Details A displaced farmer in Nyala locality, South Darfur, was seriously wounded by two militiamen on Thursday. In eastern Chad, a resident of the Gaga refugee camp was shot in the foot in an armed robbery. “The militiamen attacked Hassan Kenan Redwan, as he was working on his land in the area of Shanji, about 10 kilometres east of Kalma camp,” a wit...

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Barrel of water in Port Sudan soars to SDG45

Details The commercial price for a barrel of water in Port Sudan jumped from SDG7 ($1.15) to SDG45 ($7.40) following the news of a possible rise in the water tariff early last week. Abdallah Mousa, member of the Central Committee of the Beja Congress,told Radio Dabanga that people in many parts of eastern Sudan are not connected to the water net. “They d...

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Food rations for Darfuri refugees in Chad ‘may be cut next year’

Details Darfuris living in the 14 refugee camps in eastern Chad will probably not receive food rations in 2016. Representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told leaders of the refugee camps last week that the distribution of the monthly food rations may end in January, because of a lack of funds. A Radio Dabanga correspondent in...

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Sudan to extend electricity grid to Darfur

Details The Sudanese Electricity Transmission Company signed an agreement with the Shanghai Electric Group Company in Shanghai in China on Thursday, for the linking of the Babanusa-Adila power line to the national electricity grid. Sudanese newspapers reported on Thursday that the power line between Babanusa in West Kordofan to Adila in East Darfur will...

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New militant settlers rape farmers in East Jebel Marra

Details Sexual violence by gunmen against women who need to tend farms escalated this week, as nine were raped near Tabit and Dolma in East Jebel Marra. There were under-aged among the victims. A relative of one......

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Two doctors, journalists arrested at protest in eastern Sudan

Details Doctors and medical staff in a hospital in El Gedaref, eastern Sudan, laid down their work completely on Thursday following the detention of two doctors by the security apparatus. They will not return to their work until the two are released. Three journalists covering the protest were arrested. A sit-in by the health practitioners, just...

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Two killed by lightning in Darfur's Jebel Marra

Details Two herders died, and another was wounded when they were struck by lightning in East Jebel Marra on Thursday. A number of their cows died, too. A shepherd from the area told Radio Dabanga that the lightning struck near Turba, 10km south of Dobo El Omda, during heavy rainfall on Thursday night. The lightning was intense, he said. Two of the...

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Displaced refuse to obey Darfur Authority and leave camps

Details Displaced people living in Central Darfur state have rejected the project for the voluntary return of the displaced population, set up by the Darfur Regional Authority. “None of the displaced people will return to their home villages, because of the lack of security.” The coordinator of the Central Darfur camps said that......

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Shooting between soldiers, militiamen in Central Darfur

Details Two government troops and two gunmen were injured in a clash in Um Dukhun locality, Central Darfur, on Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred when armed men, said to be pro-government militiamen, ambushed one of the soldiers when he was riding a motorcycle on the way from the market in Um Dukhun to Ushara district, where the headquarters of...

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Gold workers face water crisis at Chad-Libya border

Details Thousands of gold prospectors in seven mines in the desert area of the Chadian-Libyan border are out of drinking water now their supply from Libya has come to a halt. One of the prospectors informed Radio Dabanga about their situation in the mining area of Kori Bokadi on Thursday. They have suffered from thirst for six days after the water...

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South Darfur displaced ask to expand health services

Details The displaced people in camp Otash in South Darfur have appealed to the camp's health authorities to increase the number of patients they receive at the health centre, and provide them with health services and medicines. An activist told Radio Dabanga that the only health centre in the camp is receiving 50 patients a day. The activist asked to...

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Farmer tortured to death, two held incommunicado in West Darfur

Details The Sudanese authorities should urgently investigate the torture and custodial death of one man and reported torture of two others in West Darfur, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said in a press statement on Wednesday. The three men were detained by members of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) inside the home of Abakar Adam...

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Eastern Sudan dams complex to start operating in June 2016

Details A hydroelectric generating plant connected to the Upper Atbara and Seteet Dams Complex in eastern Sudan will start operating in June next year. The new power project will add 320 megawatts to the national grid, as it seeks to meet a demand of 2,500 megawatts, according to Mohamed Abdelrahim Gawish, a spokesman for the Water Resources and...

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Floods follow hunger in South Darfur’s largest camp

Details The more than 163,000 displaced people in Kalma camp, near the South Darfur capital of Nyala, are living in extremely dire conditions during this rainy season, owing to a shortage of food and poor sanitary provisions. “Many children in the camp show signs of malnutrition as they depended on the food distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP). H...

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‘Sudan’s tariff hikes will increase poverty’

Details Prof Hamid Eltigani, economist and head of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo, commented to Radio Dabanga that the price increases will not only affect the already impoverished Sudanese citizens but also the country’s production sector....

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Largest gold mining deal in Sudan's history

Details Khartoum has granted a Russian gold mining group concession to explore for gold in northern and eastern Sudan. On Wednesday, the Minister of Minerals, Ahmed El Karori, and company director Vladimir Zhukovsigned the agreement at the presidential palace in Khartoum, in the presence of President Omar Al Bashir. El Karori said in a press conference...

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North Darfur tribal leaders agree to restore social fabric

Details On Wednesday, North Darfur tribal leaders agreed to pave the way for the restoration of security and stability in the state. About 100 representatives of tribes living in Kutum, El Waha, Um Baru, Kornoi, and El Tina localities, gathered in Kutum town to discuss the extremely insecure situation in the region. “They agreed to exert all their e...

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Central Darfur camp a mud pool after rains

Details Downpours destroyed 20 homes and 170 tents at Hassahissa camp for the displaced in Zalingei locality, Central Darfur, this week. Camp head Haroun Adam Abdelshafe told Radio Dabanga that the 62,000 camp residents are living in dire humanitarian conditions, after heavy rainfall on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday turned the camp into a mud pool. “At l...

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Sudan OCHA bulletin 30: Aid for flood-affected displaced in South Darfur

Details Aid organisations respond to the damages caused by heavy rain and flooding in displaced people's camps in South Darfur, Sudan. On 23 July, an inter-agency mission comprising UN agencies, international NGOs and local government authorities visited Kalma camp in Bielel locality, to assess such damages that occurred on 16 July. The mission found that...

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Young woman raped by paramilitaries in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra

Details Two men, allegedly members of the Rapid Support Forces government militia, raped a young woman (16) in East Jebel Marra today. “The girl was tending her family’s farm some 10 kilometres south of Fanga when the two paramilitaries in a Land Cruiser spotted her,” a relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga. “They seized her and raped her alterna...

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‘Low-tax vehicle imports threaten Sudan’s transport sector’

Details The Sudanese Federation of Transportation Unions has cautioned of the consequences of the government decision to permit used vehicles to be imported at a reduced customs rate of 50 percent. Amin Bashir El Nefeidi, chairman of the Federation told Sudan News Agency (Suna) on Monday that the governmental Decree No 203 issued last week threatens the...

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Sese asks Darfur elders to cooperate with ‘camp re-planning’

Details The head of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Dr El Tijani Sese, has requested the leaders of the camps for the displaced in the region cooperate with the states’ governments in the “re-planning of the sites”. During a briefing in Nyala, capital of South Darfur on Monday, Sese announced that the camps will be turned into towns where all basic s...

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Settlers shoot farmer in West Darfur

Details A resident of Um Gireinat camp for the displaced in West Darfur was shot by militant settlers on Monday. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the coordinator of the Sirba camps reported that Kaltoum Mohamed Ishag was tending her farm when new settlers suddenly fired at her. “She sustained a broken leg.” The coordinator said that new settlers frequently att...

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‘Rain destroys 30 homes, relief items seized in South Darfur’

Details More than 30 shelters collapsed in the Dar El Salam and Forika camps for the displaced in Gireida locality owing to heavy rainfall on Tuesday. Security agents allegedly confiscated a number of relief items donated to the displaced. A resident of Forika camp reported to Radio Dabanga that the downpours destroyed 20 homes in Dar El Salam camp, and...

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‘No drinking water, no school in Otash camp, South Darfur’

Details The residents of Otash camp for the displaced in Nyala locality have been suffering from a severe shortage of water for the past month. Many students left school because their parents cannot afford to pay the monthly fees. An Otash camp elder told Radio Dabanga that three water pumps broke down five weeks ago. “Seven other engines have needed n...

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‘Abu Garda requests Qatar to freeze Darfur funds’: sources

Details The chairman of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), Bahar Idris Abu Garda, has reportedly requested the government of Qatar to freeze its funding of development projects in Darfur....

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Sudan’s Popular Congress Party rejects doubling of water and electricity tariffs

Details The Popular Congress Party (PCP), led by Dr Hassan El Turabi, considers the doubling of the water and electricity tariffs in Khartoum state unlawful. “The PCP entirely rejects the increase of the water and electricity prices. The people cannot afford to pay more,” Kamal Omar Abdelsalam, political secretary of the party, told Radio Dabanga. “We...

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Cattle thieves kill two in Mellit, North Darfur

Details Two people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting north of Mellit in North Darfur on Tuesday. The state government has announced new decrees in an attempt to combat the security crisis. The incident occurred ......

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Sudan summons EU representative over ‘false information’

Details The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the representative of the European Union to Khartoum concerning a recent statement by the Union. In an announcement that it will provide extra humanitarian aid to Sudan, the European Commission reported that the humanitarian situation in the country is getting worse each day, especially in Darfur,...

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Bombing victim dies in Um Dukhun, Central Darfur

Details One of the 18 victims of a grenade explosion in Central Darfur last week died from his wounds on Sunday. In Hillet Ushar, south of Um Dukhun, Adam Mohamed Adam was injured on 21 July, when a man named Yousef threw a grenade at a group of people. Yousef was arguing with the family of his wife. 18 family members and villagers were wounded when...

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South Darfur market closed after murders

Details The relatives of the two slain merchants in Tur market in Kass seek justice for their losses, and refuse to be compensated with blood money. Shops in the market of Tur in Kass locality, South Darfur, remain closed after the shooting on Friday morning....

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'Malaria spreads in Central Darfur camps'

Details The increasing number of mosquitoes in camps for displaced people in Central Darfur is causing malaria infections to rise. The coordinator of the camps for the displaced in the state spoke about the deterioration of health services in an interview with Radio Dabanga. Mosquitoes can easily breed and spread in the camps' environment. “This spread h...

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Multiple rapes in Darfur's Jebel Marra

Details Armed men raped three women including one minor on Monday near Dolma, in East Jebel Marra. The perpetrators reportedly belong to a group of new militant settlers in the area. A relative of one of the victims informed ......

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Heavy rains damage West Darfur camp, village

Details More rainfall in West Darfur caused the destruction of dozens of houses in Armankul camp and Soni on Saturday. The families in the affected houses now have to live out in the open. A coordinator of the camps......

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Drought forces herders to move to Nyala, South Darfur

Details Citizens in South Darfur fear that the absence of rains will have bad consequences for farmers and herders, as the latter are forced to move their cattle to areas surrounding Nyala. While other parts of Darfur are afflicted by heavy rainfall, rains have been delayed in and around Nyala locality. The local drought has forced a number of herdsmen...

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SPLM-N speaks on current peace stalemate

Details The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) issued a press statement today in which it sets out its current views. The statement coincides with a visit by Thabo Mbeki, chairman of the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), to Khartoum next week, and the expected visit by the US Special Envoy Donald Booth. Yasir Arman, the s...

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Sudan security to finance maintenance of West Darfur hospital

Details The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) will financially support the maintenance of El Geneina Hospital, the field commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) said on Sunday. During an official visit to the hospital in the West Darfur capital, RSF commander Mohamed Hamdan, nicknamed Hemeti, announced that the NISS will...

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West Kordofan to secure nomad movement

Details On Sunday, the West Kordofan Security Committee discussed a proposed schedule for the migration of nomads with their livestock, to prevent tribal clashes in the area. Brig. Abdallatif Abdallah Abdelgader, commander of the 22st Infantry Brigade, stressed in a meeting of the Security Committee in El Fula, capital of West Kordofan, that all herders...

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Eastern Sudan’s Beja threaten to take up arms against Khartoum

Details The National Beja Congress may take up arms again if the provisions laid out in the 2006 Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement (ESPA) are not implemented soon. Sheiba Dirar, chairman of the Beja Congress, blames the ruling National Congress Party(NCP) for ignoring the stipulations laid out in the agreement, signed by the Sudanese government and the...

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Water, electricity tariffs double in Sudan’s capital

Details On Sunday Khartoum state announced an increase in the water tariff by 100 percent, less than 24 hours after the news of a proposed doubling in the electricity price....

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