Other areas of Jebel Marra in Central and South Darfur States are already receiving food, emergency shelter, non-food supplies, health, nutrition, WASH and education services.
KHARTOUM, Sudan, July 9 – United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have provided life-assistance to about 350,000 people in previously inaccessible parts of the Jebel Marra area, in South Darfur, over the past nine months, overcoming important challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, humanitarians reached different communities for the first time in 10 years, during a need’s assessment carried out at the end of June in the area. According to the preliminary findings of the studies, hundreds of thousands of people across several communities in the region have little or no access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation products, and also lack health, nutrition, education and protection services.
The last mission, led by OCHA, could assess the situation in South Jebel Marra locality, on the boundary between Government-controlled and Sudan Liberation Army – Abdel Wahid (SLA/AW)-controlled areas. According to the community leaders, there are about 127,000 people in Gorlanbang Village alone, including 11,800 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from surrounding villages and 9,400 returnees. The IDP community reported that they have not been able to travel to their home villages since 2017 due to security concerns. Fears of sexual gender-based violence also prevents women from going to their farms or collecting firewood.
In North and West Jebel Marra localities, IOM and other humanitarian partners are completing the registration of people in need and providing emergency humanitarian needs assistance. Other areas of Jebel Marra in Central and South Darfur States are already receiving food, emergency shelter, non-food supplies, health, nutrition, WASH and education services.
The recent missions and assistance provided have been possible following important progress made since the last quarter of 2019 to facilitate humanitarian access to inaccessible communities in Darfur, with support from the Government, non-state actors and the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Wu Haitao (China):
Members of the Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the attack on Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s convoy in Khartoum on 9 March 2020. Members of the Council stressed that such attacks are unacceptable and called for the perpetrators to be held accountable.
Members of the Council reiterated their full support to Prime Minister Hamdok in his endeavours to see Sudan through a successful transition in a manner that achieves the hopes and aspirations of the Sudanese people for a peaceful, stable, democratic and prosperous future.
Members of the Council expressed their solidarity with the people of Sudan and affirmed their readiness to support Sudan during the transition period, and reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Sudan.
Today, a shocking report came from Khartoum, the technocratic Prime Minister handpicked from the Forces of the Freedom and Change Declaration (FFC) Abdalla Hamadok was a target. The operation to assassinate him was in movement, but they failed. The convoy with the PM was hit and he escaped it all. However, this has backfired, as the public has chanted his name and supporting their PM.
Here is one report:
“At 9.05am this morning, a stationary vehicle exploded, targeting a convoy of two hard skin Landcruiser’s carrying PM Hamdok as it was entering the Armed Forces Bridge, heading towards Khartoum. Initial reports suggest there were no deaths, and one minor injury”
The PM’s own statement after the fact:
“I would like to assure the people of Sudan that I am safe and in good shape. Rest assured that what happened today will not stand in the way of our transition, instead it is an additional push to the wheel of change in Sudan” (Abdalla Hamadok, 09.03.2020).
“Muna Abdalla , the wife of Sudan’s PM saying : Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt.He is safe and not injured. The perpetrators of this cowardly act should know that there are one thousand Hamdoks to replace him . This revolution will not come to an end”
Demonstrations later in the day:
Sudanese people chanting after the failed assassination attempt “We would sacrifice our souls and blood for Hamdok!”.
There are speculations after the Sudanese Islamic Youth Movement posted on Facebook earlier in the day content, that they were behind the failed attempt. But no one has verified it and the content has been later deleted.
There are plenty of other speculations, even that someone from the Transitional Military Committee (TMC) is behind it all. Some even speculating if the Egyptians or Turkey’s involvement in it. However, that is just mere hearsay and cannot be taken for granted at this point.
We have no idea at this moment. If it will ever come out. There are enough henchmen from Al-Bashir past in the whereabouts to Gods know what sort of magic they posses. However, that will be mere speculation until something is present and evidence put forward. It wouldn’t be shocking if let’s say Hemiti or someone else like him would do this. To stage more power and weaken the FFC. Because, that is what the men like him does. Nevertheless, we don’t know and can only speculate.
What this shows, that the FFC in the Sovereign Council is fragile and not certain. That there are either people from the past Al-Bashir or anyone else waiting to strike. To show their force and also topple the current regime. Which hasn’t delivered it all for the revolution, but have a path to make from military to civilian government. One civilian happens to be Hamadok. Peace.