July 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - A joint government force has captured large quantities of weapons, ammunition, military uniforms and unregulated vehicles in the village of Warah, Sraya locality, West Darfur State at the start of the forcible phase of the disarmament campaign.
Acting governor of West Darfur Mohamed Ibrahim Sharf al-Din said the higher committee for the collection of illicit arms has given residents and armed groups sufficient time to hand over their weapons voluntarily.
July 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Higher Committee to Combat Human Trafficking said it would develop a national anti-trafficking strategy as well as activating existing laws to counter the phenomenon in accordance with the established international standards.
In a meeting chaired by Vice-President Hassabo Mohamed Abdel-Rahman on Sunday, the committee discussed legal frameworks to combat human trafficking besides humanitarian and social effects of the phenomenon.
July 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - South Kordofan State is hosting 40,000 South Sudanese refugees, said Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs Awadiya Basha,
Speaking at a workshop on refugee laws on Sunday, Basha said the government of South Kordofan is committed to granting refugees status for foreign nationals who reach its territory according to international laws.
She said South Sudanese refugees enjoy the state’s limited services including food, health and water, pointing to strong and old relations between the refugees and the residents of the state.
July 15, 2018 (KASSALA/KHARTOUM) - Governor of Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala Adam Jama’a on Sunday said police has freed 139 victims of human trafficking calling on legislators to extend the state of emergency.
Last December, the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir issued a decree imposing a six-month state of emergency in North Kordofan and Kassala states.
The parliament on Monday would hold an extraordinary session to consider an extension of the emergency order at both states.
July 13, 2018 (NYALA) - A woman was killed and two persons injured by masked gunmen at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) voluntary return village, 25 kilometres south of Nyala, South Darfur State capital.
A former native administrator Issa Salih Abakar told Sudan Tribune that three masked men in early hours of Thursday opened fire at the leader of Digrais village for voluntary return Gibril Ahmed Ali and his family inside his home and fled to an unknown destination.
July 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir Thursday extended a unilateral cessation of hostilities for a six-month period until the end of the year.
The presidential decree says the ceasefire will be effective in all areas of operations until December 31, 2018, without further details but it is supposed to cover Darfur region and the Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
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In the abandoned town and villages of Pageri County, community members are gradually and voluntarily returning from refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya. Over 300 returnees have resettled in Pageri in recent months, after having fled the area following the crisis in 2016.
The people of Pageri have cited the occupation of cattle from the Jonglei region, and the distrustful relationship between them and the army’s Tiger battalion, as hindrances to their return.
July 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Libya’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency (AIIA) on Wednesday said the Sudanese embassy in Tripoli has issued temporary travel documents to repatriate dozens of illegal migrants.
According to the AIIA, Sudan’s Ambassador to Libya last Thursday visited its headquarters to check on the conditions of the Sudanese illegal migrants.
It pointed out that the AIIA in coordination with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) would transfer the illegal migrants via Maitika International Airport.
July 7, 2018 (JUBA) – At least 25 people died in a sectional fight that erupted in Akobo on Friday between two sub-clans, officials said in a statement.
"We the members of Akobo county in Ethiopia are deeply disturbed by the outbreak of sectional fighting between Chie-Yol and Chie-Nyak of Moor sub-clan of Lou Nuer,” partly reads the statement Sudan Tribune obtained.
The two sub-clans are the biggest within the Lou Nuer tribe.
The clash was a revenge attack allegedly carried out by the Chie-Nyak sub-clan after their men were killed by attackers from Chie-Yol.
July 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s foreign minister El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed said talks on the outstanding issues in the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement will continue in Khartoum for additional three days.
The Khartoum round of talks between the South Sudanese parties on the outstanding issues in security arrangements and governance chapters of the 2015 peace agreement was initially scheduled to conclude on 9 July.
July 3, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s White Nile State said it has received 225 South Sudanese refugees earlier this week.
Director of refugees department at the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in the White Nile Mustafa al-Fadil said the refugees arrived at Sangour camps via Jodat Al-Adl border crossing.
He pointed out that representatives from the United Nations and a number of donor countries have visited refugee camps at Al-Salam and Al-Jabalein localities, saying they vowed to provide food and the necessary services for the refugees.
June 30, 2018 (KHARTOUM) The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir has instructed governors of Darfur’s five states to develop appropriate housing plans for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
On Thursday night, al-Bashir met with Darfur’s native leaders at the Guest House in Khartoum.
He stressed the importance to enable the native administration to carry out its roles including resolving conflicts, strengthening ties among the various communities and supporting voluntary return.
June 27, 2018 (KHARTOUM) Chairman of Voluntary Return Commission (VRC) in East Darfur State Faris Madibo said thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to the state.
According to the official news agency SUNA, Madibo said 5382 families, 1291 families and 331 families have returned to Yassin, Shiariya and Asalaya localities respectively.
He pointed out that the IDPs returned from Kalma and Otash camps in South Darfur State as well as Zam Zam camp in North Darfur State.
June 24, 2018 (ARUA) – Police in Uganda are holding 10 South Sudanese refugees over the killing of their colleagues at a refugee camp in the country.
Those arrested are suspected to have been involved in a fracas, which saw four killed after a football argument went bad.
The West Nile regional police spokesperson, Josephine Angucia confirmed the arrest, saying they would carry out an investigation.
June 24, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Voluntary Return and Resettlement Commission (VRRC) in South Kordofan said 80,000 people have returned to their original villages in the state.
The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) quoted the VRRC commissioner Osman Youssef al-Masur as saying results of a survey conducted in 68 villages showed that 12,000 families including 80,000 people have returned to the state.
He stressed continued efforts to complete the return of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their original villages.
June 24, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar Sunday arrived in the Sudanese capital where he is expected to meet for the second time with President Salva Kiir on Monday.
During their meeting in Addis Ababa on 20 June, the two leaders failed to agree on the outstanding issues, also President Kiir reiterated his rejection to work with Machar personally as First Vice President, a position that poisoned the talks environment.
June 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The government of West Darfur State has distributed 600 residential plots to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in El-Geniena locality.
According to semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC), West Darfur’s Minister of Urban Planning Faisal Hassan Haroun said the voluntary return of IDPs is a top priority for his government.
He pointed out that the first batch of 600 residential plots has been distributed to the IDPs who agreed to return voluntarily, stressing intentions to integrate the IDPs into the cities.
June 16, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese parties Saturday started three-day Intensive Interlink Consultations meeting to discuss a revised Bridging Proposal dealing with the outstanding issue in the peace revitalization forum.
June 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The government of North Darfur State said it would embark on planning IDPs camps to accommodate those who are willing to stay permanently and integrate into the local community.
The Sudanese government seeks to dismantle IDPs camps that have been established in areas around the capitals of Darfur’s five states since the eruption of the armed conflict in the region.
It has set a number of options for IDPs, including resettlement in the area where they are, or in another area according to their desire.
June 12, 2018 (ZALINGEI) - On Tuesday, violent clashes broke out between Sudanese government forces and fighters of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) in the Central Darfur State, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their villages.
A Sudanese official told Sudan Tribune that SLM-AW fighters recently regained control of several positions in Jebel Kali and Badia areas, adding this development forced the Sudanese army to mobilize more than 2,000 troops including the Rapid Support Forces to retake these areas from them.