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Sudanese army represses civilian volunteers and aid groups

Khartoum, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) The Sudanese Army and paramilitaries repress civilian volunteers and aid groups working in soup kitchens and other assistance centers, political observers reported.

Observers highlight that the arrests in the capital are just one part of a broader strategy of both sides fighting to gain power in the country, repressing civil society actors by arresting volunteers, limiting access to aid, and blocking the arrival of more food.

On the same issue, the Pan Arab Al Jazeera channel reported that the arrests of activists and volunteers affect thousands of citizens, who depend on soup kitchens to survive in the face of the looming famine throughout the country. The outlet added that local aid groups have asked donor countries for protection, as both paramilitaries and the army are benefiting from the control of humanitarian aid.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted recently that there are 14 million Sudanese children in urgent need of humanitarian aid, while 19 million are out of school and four million have been displaced by the war.

UNICEF also reported that two-thirds of the Sudanese population lacks access to health services since nearly 80 percent of hospitals ceased operations due to the serious shortage of medical supplies and the danger to health personnel.

Since mid-April, Sudan has been mired in an internal war, after contradictions over power issues flared up between the head of the Army, Abdel Fatah al-Burhan, and the leader of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

A war broke out in Sudan, where a military coup occurred in 2019 and another in 2021, killing thousands of civilians, including about 15,000 in the Western Darfur region alone, displacing about seven million people, according to data provided by the United Nations.