KHARTOUM (Reuters) – With its scrubland, unpaved roads and mud brick huts, the Jebel Amer area in Darfur, western Sudan, can look like a poor and desolate place. Under the ground, though, lies something sought by people everywhere: gold.
In the past year or so the precious metal has begun to alter the nature of the decade-old conflict in Darfur, transforming it from an ethnic and political fight to one that, at least in part, is over precious metal.
SHANGIL TOBAYA, Sudan (Reuters) – Asha Ibrahim was searching for firewood when the attackers struck. She had set off with three other women from the makeshift camp where she has lived since conflict broke out in Sudan’s Darfur region a decade ago.
“Several men grabbed and raped us,” the mother of four said, standing on the dusty square of the Shangil Tobaya camp for displaced people in the north of a region the size of Spain. “All the girls get raped here.”
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Seven hundred people have been arrested during a week of the worst unrest in central Sudan in years, the government said on Monday, as protests continued against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
One week after the start of demonstrations against subsidy cuts, police once again used teargas on protesters, this time women students at the Ahfad university in Khartoum’s twin-city of Omdurman who chanted “We don’t want Bashir”, witnesses said.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Islamists and members of Sudan’s ruling party called on President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Saturday to cancel deeply unpopular austerity measures, the first sign of dissent inside ruling circles after a week of unrest that has killed dozens.
Police fired teargas to break up thousands of people in the capital during a sixth day of protests against cuts to subsidies on cooking oil and fuel that doubled pump prices overnight.
KHARTOUM, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Police fired teargas on Friday
to disperse thousands of Sudanese demanding that President Omar
Hassan al-Bashir step down, a day after clashes in which rights
groups accused security forces of shooting dead at least 50
Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 coup, has been spared the
sort of Arab Spring uprising that unseated autocratic rulers
from Tunisia to Yemen since 2011, but anger has risen over
corruption and rising inflation in the vast African country.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Police fired teargas to disperse thousands of Sudanese demanding that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir step down on Friday, a day after deadly clashes with security forces whom rights groups accused of shooting dead at least 50 people.
In the last few days, protests have drawn more than 5,000 people, the biggest for many years in Khartoum where Bashir – wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges – has ruled since a coup in 1989.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese security forces have killed at least 50 protesters with shots to the head or chest, two rights groups said on Friday, challenging the authorities’ narrative of the worst unrest in Sudan’s central regions for years.
Spurred on by the lifting of fuel subsidies on Monday, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Khartoum and central Sudan to protest against corruption and demand veteran President Omar Hassan Bashir step down.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – At least 27 people have been killed in protests in Khartoum over fuel subsidy cuts, a medical source said on Thursday as another bout of the worst unrest seen in Sudan’s relatively well-off central regions for years broke out in its biggest port.
Police fired tear gas volleys to quell a small protest in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast where participants chanted, “Down, down with the regime”, according to witnesses.
KHARTOUM, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Six Sudanese protesters were
killed on Wednesday in clashes with security forces on a third
day of protests against a cut in fuel subsidies, medics and
Protesters torched cars and petrol stations and threw rocks
at police, who used teargas to try to disperse the biggest
display of public anger against President Omar Hassan
al-Bashir’s government in over a year.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese protesters torched cars and petrol stations and threw rocks at police in the capital Khartoum on Wednesday on a third day of protests against a cut in fuel subsidies.
Plumes of black smoke sprang up around the horizon as security forces fired teargas to disperse the biggest display of public anger against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s government in over a year.