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We Talk Ukraine and Gaza, but Not This 'Living Hell'

International community's silence on civil war in Sudan speaks volumes, some note

(Newser) - There's been understandable outrage from all corners over the wars in Gaza and Ukraine , with media covering frantic aid negotiations and threats of famine . But when it comes to the nearly year-old civil war in Sudan, a continent away, there's been relative silence—silence now becoming deafening, according...

As Wars Rage, This 'Living Nightmare' Is Largely Ignored

Sudan civil war has killed thousands, forced 8M from their homes

(Newser) - With much attention on wars in Europe, the victims of Sudan's civil war are facing death and destruction largely without help. Eleven months after fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group broke out on the streets of the nation's capital,...

6 African Nations Now Form a Continent-Wide 'Coup Belt'

From Sudan in the east to Guinea in the west

(Newser) - Take a map of Africa, shade in the nations that have had military coups over the last few years, and you'll see the pattern: It's what Declan Walsh in the New York Times calls a "coup belt" stretching across the entire continent. It goes from Guinea on...

Sudan's War May Take a Surprise Toll on Coke, Pepsi

Fighting threatens the supply of gum arabic, an ingredient vital for soda-makers

(Newser) - The war between two generals in Sudan is threatening to create what the UN calls a humanitarian catastrophe . But big-name manufacturers of everything from soda to chewing gum are bracing for a smaller effect: shortages of a vital ingredient called gum arabic. Rural regions in Sudan produce 70% of the...

The Numbers Out of Sudan Are Jarring
The Numbers Out
of Sudan Are Jarring
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The Numbers Out of Sudan Are Jarring

More than 100K have fled the country's fighting, and the UN warns the total may reach 800K

(Newser) - Two rival generals in Sudan have been waging war against each other for more than two weeks now, and the UN offered some stats on Tuesday reflecting the brutal impact on citizens:
  • Refugees: More than 100,000 have fled to neighboring nations already, and the figure is projected to rise

On Day He Decided to Flee Khartoum, US Doctor Killed

Bushra Ibnauf Sulieman kept working in capital as long as he could

(Newser) - Bound to Sudan by ailing parents and his devotion to treating the poor there, American doctor Bushra Ibnauf Sulieman kept working as long as he could after fighting engulfed Sudan’s capital. For days after battles between two rival Sudanese commanders erupted in Khartoum on April 15, the 49-year-old Sulieman...

US: Hundreds of Evacuees Have Reached Port Sudan

Group reportedly met at golf course in Khartoum, took overland route to sea

(Newser) - Hundreds of Americans fleeing two weeks of deadly fighting in Sudan reached the east African nation's port Saturday in the first US-run evacuation, completing a dangerous land journey under escort of armed drones, the State Department reported. American unmanned aircraft, which have been keeping an eye on overland evacuation...

Mystery of Ex-Dictator Heightens Sudan Crisis

Omar Hassan al-Bashir was in prison but now the military says he's in the hospital

(Newser) - Sudan's journey towards democratic rule has hit a wall. As rival generals clash , fomenting internal turmoil, the question of former dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir's whereabouts is "swirling around the country," the New York Times reports. Deposed in 2019 after three decades, the former leader is wanted...

US Military Evacuates Embassy in Sudan

Fighting between two rival generals shows no sign of stopping

(Newser) - The US military airlifted embassy officials out of Sudan on Sunday as rival generals battled for control of Africa’s third-largest country for a ninth straight day, per the AP . The violence came despite a declared truce that was to coincide with the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. After...

Sudan's Army Says It Will Help US Diplomats Escape

Other US citizens urged to shelter in place as fighting rages

(Newser) - The Sudanese army said Saturday it was coordinating efforts to evacuate diplomats from the United States, Britain, China, and France out of the country on military airplanes, as fighting persisted in the capital, including at its main airport. The military said that army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan had spoken...

The World Has a New War Unfolding, This One in Africa
The World Has a New War
Unfolding, This One in Africa
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The World Has a New War Unfolding, This One in Africa

Power struggle between two generals erupts in Sudan

(Newser) - The UN Security Council can't agree on much these days, given that Russia is one of its members, but it can agree on this: Fighting that erupted in Sudan over the weekend must stop before it escalates into full-fledged civil war. The council on Sunday issued a statement that...

Woman's 'Death by Stoning' Sentence Rattles Activists

It's the first such sentence in Sudan in nearly a decade

(Newser) - An October military coup in Sudan may have shifted the movement on women's rights there, and not in a good way. A 20-year-old woman arrested in White Nile state last month and charged with adultery has now heard her fate: death by stoning, the first known sentence like it...

More Than 15K Sheep Drown When Ship Sinks

Official says they likely 'could have been rescued'

(Newser) - Most of the 15,800 sheep aboard a livestock vessel died when the ship sank early Sunday in Sudan’s Red Sea port of Suakin. The animals were being exported from Sudan to Saudi Arabia at the time, the Guardian reports. All crew members aboard the ship survived. The head...

Sudan's Prime Minister Steps Down
Prime Minister
of Sudan Steps Down

Prime Minister of Sudan Steps Down

Abdalla Hamdok announces resignation amid protests

(Newser) - Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation Sunday amid political deadlock and widespread pro-democracy protests following a military coup that derailed the country’s fragile transition to democratic rule, the AP reports. Hamdok, a former UN official seen as the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government, had...

Prime Minister Reaches Deal With Military

Hamdok will be reinstated after Sudan's coup, but pro-democracy groups oppose the deal

(Newser) - Sudan's deposed prime minister signed a deal with the military on Sunday that will see him reinstated, almost a month after a military coup put him under house arrest. A key pro-democracy group that has mobilized dozens of protests had dismissed the deal as "a form of betrayal....

Troops Fatally Fire Into Pro-Democracy Protesters

At least 5 demonstrators are killed in Sudan

(Newser) - Sudanese security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas on Saturday to disperse protesters denouncing the military's tightening grip on the country, killing at least five and wounding several, activists said. The violence came as thousands of pro-democracy protesters yet again took to the streets across Sudan to rally...

Protesters Chanted 'Revolution!' 2 Were Shot Dead, Group Says

Doctors union says Sudan security forces killed 2 amid demonstrations against recent military coup

(Newser) - Sudanese security forces shot dead two people Saturday during mass protests against the country's recent military coup, a doctors union said. The shootings came despite repeated appeals by the West to Sudan's new military rulers to show restraint and allow peaceful protests, per the AP . During the protests,...

US Warns It Will Pull Aid to Sudan After Apparent Coup

PM Abdalla Hamdok reportedly arrested, taken to an undisclosed location

(Newser) - Update: It wasn't clear early Monday whether military forces surrounding the home of the Sudanese prime minister were protecting him or going after him, but the nation's Ministry of Information and Hamdok's economic adviser now say the PM has been arrested and whisked away in what CNN...

Think Egypt Has the Most Pyramids? Not So

A 'NYT' writer explores the Meroe pyramids of Sudan

(Newser) - Just days before parts of Europe entered lockdown, Italian photojournalist Alessio Mamo traveled to Sudan, where he managed to set eyes on a sight that many of the country's own people haven't been able to see: the pyramids of Meroe, a city that served as the Kingdom of...

After 27 Years, Sudan Is Off US Terror List

Country is now a 'peaceful nation supporting global stability'

(Newser) - A new era is dawning in Sudan, which has been taken off the US list of state sponsors of terrorism after 27 years. The US embassy in the capital, Khartoum, said Monday that 45 days had elapsed since President Trump gave Congress notice of the move, making delisting official, NPR...

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