Archive: sudan

13th June 2020
According to health ministry figures only a couple of hundred people have been infected by the Covid-19 coronavirus in Sudan's Darfur region but reports from this remote and troubled part of the country tell a different story. For several weeks now, unusually large numbers of people have been… Read more
26th May 2020
According to official figures, there are now almost 4,000 Covid-19 cases in Sudan – a third of them recorded during the past week. Those are the ones known to the authorities but health minister Akram Ali al-Tom readily acknowledges that the real number is higher. "The virus is running in front… Read more
2nd May 2020
Sudan's Covid-19 outbreak is still in its early stages but growing fast. Confirmed cases have more than doubled over the last five days and now total 533. The vast majority of these infections have occurred in and around the capital, Khartoum, where the authorities imposed a three-week lockdown… Read more
18th April 2020
The total of known Covid-19 infections in Sudan has more than doubled since yesterday. Following the latest batch of test results there are now 66 confirmed cases. So far, 10 people have died. These are small numbers in comparison with many other countries but there are signs that the spread of the… Read more
6th February 2019
By: Brian Whitaker
The British government has refused a visa for a Sudanese writer who was due to spend a term at Durham University as a Visiting Fellow. Hammour Ziada, who writes in Arabic, is the author of two published novels and two collections of short stories. His most recent work, Shuq al-Darwish ("The… Read more
18th April 2015
By: Brian Whitaker
  Lookalikes: Abozer Mohamed of Maarij (left) and Abozer Elmana Elligai of GNRD (right) Following the revelation that it is at the centre of a $13 million money-laundering investigation by Norwegian police, the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) has been eager to create the… Read more
9th December 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Readers of this blog may recall an incident last June when Sudan's Public Order Police, whose role includes enforcing "morality", arrested a couple of dozen people at a fashion show in Khartoum. Yesterday, seven of the male models were convicted of "indecency" – for wearing make-up at the event –… Read more
13th July 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has protested at the suspension of of the Sudanese daily newspaper, al-Intibaha. Last week the paper received a phone call from the Security and National Intelligence Service saying it had been suspended indefinitely and its latest edition would be… Read more
27th June 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
About two dozen people were arrested in Sudan on Thursday night as they emerged from a fashion show. Those arrested included male and female amateur models as well as make-up artists and others who had provided the clothes. So far, there has been no official explanation from the Public Order Police… Read more
17th May 2010
By: Brian Whitaker
Egyptian security forces shot and killed another Sudanese migrant on Saturday night as he tried to cross the border into Israel. Adam Ali Mohamed, 38, was hit three times after reportedly ignoring a call to stop. More than 60 migrants have died at the hands of border guards since January 2008. In… Read more