Friday, November 22, 2013

Updates, November

The second in command of the Sudan Revolutionary Front was killed in fighting with government forces in Abu Zabad, 17 November.

The cartoon reads, "Sudanese economy."

Reports that surgeries have been suspended in Nyala, South Darfur after surgeons went on strike.

The sentencing of Sudanese journalist, Faisal Mohamed Salih, winner of the Peter Mackler Award, has been postponed. He is being tried for slander after writing about a young woman's rape at the hands of officers of the National Intelligence and Security Service.

Recent meme, making the rounds of social networks reads, "Where can I get bread?" with the response, "Delivery option at exorbitant prices."

Image highlighting the failure of the polio vaccination campaign in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Government and rebel forces did not reach agreement and polio vaccination drive was canceled, leaving 163,000 children robbed of their right to protection against this devastating disease.

Another recent meme: Bashir when he siezed power: "Give us 5 years and our smallest official will have a gut this size," referring to the globe. Bashir and other officials widely mocked for their weight gain while large portions of the population suffer from malnutrition.

Unconfirmed reports of Yemeni and Iranian troops spotted at Atbara markets.

Reports that the NISS has hired a Russian expert to spy on activists using social networks, via Sudanese Online.

Customer: On tv, they said it cost 25
Shop keeper: Go buy it from the tv, then

Petrol is reportedly being sold for 80 Sudanese pounds per gallon in Zalinji, Central Darfur, while the price in Khartoum is 20 sdg and the official price is 28 sdg. There are only two petrol stations in Zalinji and cars are allowed only two gallons per day, spurring the high black market cost of petrol.

The price of bread is reportedly surpassing the price of gold under the current regime. Because of shortages, bread lines have been growing in recent weeks.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Demonstrations in Abu Hamad After Attempted Rape (images)

Residents of Abu Hamad, a town on the north edge of Nile River State, began protesting yesterday after an intruder attempted to rape a student in a dormitory, and then stabbed her when she screamed. The young woman is said to be in critical condition. The man suspected of attempted rape is one of many gold prospectors who have swarmed the town with the recent "gold rush."

Demonstrations protesting the lack of adequate security to protect town residents from the gold prospectors continued today in a square renamed Azza Square for the student who was attacked. The residents are calling for the resignation of officials, the capture of the suspect in this particular case, as well as increased security for the people. Salah Karrar, an original member of the current regime has joined the protesters in their call for reform.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Updates 1 November

Over 99% of Abyei's Dinka Ngok residents voted to join South Sudan in an unofficial referendum. Only 12 votes were cast to remain part of Sudan. Abyei sits on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Due to a lack of consensus on who is eligible to vote, the vote has not officially been held. Arabic-speaking Misseriya tribe boycotted the vote.

Tarig Raheem, Mahmoud Siraj and Rania Ghandour were arrested yesterday, and released this morning at 3:30 a.m.

Reports of 10 kilograms of gold produced by Sahara Mining Co. upon the launch of national production.
Via Bashir Diary Facebook page