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Oct 8, 2013

The Darfur conflict’s deadly gold rush

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.

Oct 8, 2013

Special Report: The Darfur conflict’s deadly gold rush

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.

Oct 8, 2013

In Darfur, the limits of peacekeeping

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.”

Sep 30, 2013

Sudan arrests 700 people in week of deadly anti-government unrest

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.

Sep 28, 2013

Islamists, ruling party members chide Sudan’s Bashir amid protests

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.

Sep 27, 2013

Sudanese police fire teargas as crowds demand Bashir resign

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
people.

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.

Sep 27, 2013

Sudanese police use teargas on crowd demanding Bashir resign

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.

Sep 27, 2013

Sudan security forces kill at least 50 protesters: rights groups

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.

Sep 26, 2013

At least 27 killed in central Sudan’s worst unrest for years

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.

Sep 25, 2013

Six killed in Sudan clashes after fuel subsidies cut

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
relatives said.

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.

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