Darfur: Radio Dabanga News Digest Number 20 | 19 July 2015

This twentieth installment of Darfur: Radio Dabanga News Digest focuses on events of the past two weeks, especially violence and insecurity in North Darfur and the continuing deterioration of the Sudanese economy.

[The News Digest will appear henceforth on a biweekly basis; as a consequence, the greater number of dispatches during this longer period will often be reduced further in editing-sometime with only the title and URL appearing-and commentary will typically be briefer.]

 

Four primary focal points


[1]  Of particular note over the past two weeks is the removal of Radio Dabanga from the Arab Satellite Communication Organization (Arabsat), this at the request of the Khartoum regime. The Arab world has long averted its eyes from Darfur, despite knowing of the massive slaughter and destruction that has occurred over the past twelve years and more. Now, by acquiescing before Khartoum's demand that our most important source of reporting from the region be removed from ARABSAT, the Arab world gives further evidence of a vicious selectivity in which atrocities it allows its listeners to hear about.


[2]  Despite some commendable efforts by the UN/African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the situation on the ground throughout Darfur-and especially North Darfur-continues to descend further into a maelstrom of uncontrollable violence. Security for civilians is non-existent, and casualties from all causes continue to mount at an appalling rate. There are signs of growing inter-communal conflicts pitting Arab tribal groups against African tribal groups, as well as inter-Arab conflicts that are of great concern. Darfuris in the Khartoum area continue to face extreme harassment and frequent violence.

 

[3]  Another section of dispatches has as its primary concern the continuing economic disintegration in Sudan and the consequent threats to basic food and water supplies throughout the country. The growing water crisis in Sudan has hit Darfur especially hard. The consequences of economic implosion in Sudan are also evident in many dispatches.

 

[4]  Political developments continue to accelerate in Sudan, and African Arguments recently published an excellent dispatch by Hamid E. Ali (American University in Cairo) and Ahmed Hussain Adam (fellow at Cornell University), "Bashir's Autocratic Regime is Fighting for Its Survival" (July 17, 2015). The move towards an increasing militarism and reliance on the security services is most conspicuous, but even harsher press censorship of news reporting is also notable. The number of demonstrations, especially by women, over a range of concerns has grown significantly. Additionally, it has become clear that some within al-Bashir's regime are facilitating the movement of Sudanese citizens to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). Finally of note on the political front, the UK government continues to defend its outrageous assistance to Sudanese military forces-the only country in the world besides Iran to do so.

[For previous Radio Dabanga Digests, see:

 

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 1 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1CD

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 2 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1De

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 3 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Dt

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 4 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Ei

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 5 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1EL

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 6 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Fp

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 7 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1FL

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 8 | http://wp.me/s45rOG-6452

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 9 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Gi

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 10 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Gt

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 11 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Hq

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 12 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1HY

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 13 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Ia

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 14 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1II

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 15 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Ji

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 16 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1JU

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 17 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Kp

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 18 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1L7

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 19 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Lm

Darfur: Radio Dabanga Digest, Number 20 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1LM

 

Sudan Tribune has again been the source of several key reports on Darfur and the growing political crisis.

 

[All emphases in all quoted material (in bold) have been added; all editorial comments are in italics, in blue, with my initials following; a useful and quite recent administrative map of Darfur appears here.)-ER]

 

Eric Reeves, 19 July 2015


[1] ArabSat removes Radio Dabanga from its satellite | Sudan Tribune | July 17, 2015 | Khartoum

The Arab Satellite Communication Organization (ArabSat) has removed the radio station Radio Dabanga from its satellite upon a request from the Sudanese government, said a statement released by the radio on Friday. Radio Dabanga is a shortwave radio station that serves the Darfur area of western Sudan. It is based in the Netherlands and it has been broadcasting in Arabic and local languages since December 1, 2008. The radio was the first media outlet to report accusations last November that Sudanese soldiers had raped some 200 women and girls in Tabit, a village 45km southwest of North Darfur capital El Fasher.

 

Mohamed Karim Mahmoud, product marketing manager of Arabsat Broadcast Services, said the decision to remove the radio station was based on a formal complaint he had received on the 24th of May 2015 by the Sudanese ministry of information, said a statement issued by the radio station. "The station is considered to be hostile to the Sudanese government," said ArabSat in its announcement to stop Radio Dabanga broadcasting.


Asked by the uplink company whether there was any item or programme considered to be hostile to the Sudanese authorities, ArabSat answered, "We note that this complaint concerns the whole radio station [Radio Dabanga], and not to a specific news item."


Complete text, with photographs and links, at | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1LM


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Militia forces in North Darfur---purveyors of death and destruction​

 

Eric Reeves 
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