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SOUTH DARFUR STATE - 23 Feb 2024

Darfur civic group gives briefing on political situation in Sudan

 

The Preparatory Committee for the Coordination of Democratic Forces in South Darfur State described the humanitarian conditions experienced by the people of the state as catastrophic after the war broke out between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The report said that the war caused the displacement of most of the residents of Nyala and the destroyed state’s infrastructure.

The committee released their report about the political and humanitarian situation in South Darfur state at a press briefing at the Umma Party House in Nyala on Wednesday.

A member of the Committee, Hafiz Ahmed Omar, said that the war which erupted on 15 April severed the principles and progress of the December Revolution and that stopping the war was a priority.

“We must find a solution to this crisis and parties in the state should show their readiness to sit with all believers in the cause of stopping the war and embrace democratic transformation to reach a common vision,” he said.

Another member of the committee, Hamadi Adam Mukhtar, added that the war created a catastrophic humanitarian situation in the state and doubled the suffering of the people who were displaced by the Darfur war since 2003 and who have been living in more than nine camps around Nyala.

“The humanitarian situation in the country and state will enter the stage of real danger if this war continues for only two more months,” he stated. “All the wars that Sudan witnessed in its history did not end with a military victory, so the warring parties must dialogue and support all internal and external initiatives aimed at stopping the war.”

On the other hand, committee member Essam Shara warned of dangerous developments like the entry of international parties into war and the growth of hate speech and racism.

“There are parties still calling for the continuation of the war using many slogans,” he said. “We are calling on some activists and media outlets to stop incitement, hate speech, and racism.”

For his part, Ahmed Braimah urged all those who support stopping the war and desire a democratic transition to work together to achieve the goal and keep armies away from the world of politics.

“I appeal to those who are willing to return and work to stop the war, open paths for humanitarian aid, and confront the stage of hunger that Sudan is about to enter,” he urged. “I am surprised by the silence of the Darfur regional government regarding the ongoing aerial bombardment on civilian homes and violations by the warring parties. I call upon the state government to inform citizens about their plans to address the catastrophic humanitarian situation.”

Meanwhile, Maha Ramadan condemned parties that she said prevented the delivery of humanitarian aid to the areas controlled by the RSF.

“I wonder what the fault of the citizens who suffer from the war of both sides is,” she pondered.

The Democratic Forces Coordination Initiative, which was signed in Addis Ababa late last year, is headed by Former Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdok and aims to develop a roadmap to stop the war and end the suffering of the Sudanese people. It was also signed by the RSF leader and awaits acceptance nu de facto leader Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.