Weekly Digest Sudan – Date: 31st March 2023


The United Doctors’ Office has reported that there has been a significant increase in dengue fever cases in Khartoum State, whilst warning of the ‘terrible deterioration’ of the situation in health institutions. Dr. Adiba Ibrahim, a member of the Unified Doctors’ Office, explained to Radio Dabanga that it is necessary to improve measures to curb the disease and highlighted that there is a severe lack of the simplest aids, such as blood bags, in health institutions at the moment. Dengue cases have been on the rise in Sudan’s capital for several weeks now. Members of the United Doctors’ Office have previously attributed the dengue fever epidemic in Khartoum and other states to the Ministry of Health’s late response and failure to curb the spread with “sound scientific methods”. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dengue-fever/symptoms-causes/syc-20353078)

A Sudanese ruling armed movement announced, on Wednesday, mobilisation to the streets in the coming days, refusing to sign the final political agreement that would lead to forming a civilian government. This came in a statement issued by the Sudan Liberation Army Movement, led by Minni Arko Minnawi, Governor of the western Darfur region. The Movement participates in the current transitional governments in Sudan under the Juba Peace Agreement signed between the central government in Khartoum and a number of armed movements in 2020 and was renewed in 2023. “The Sudan Liberation Army Movement held an emergency meeting for its Executive Office, in the presence of Commander in Chief of the Sudan Liberation Army, Lt.-Gen., Juma Mohamed Hagar, and discussed a number of issues on the political arena,” the statement said, adding that the meeting decided to form an operations room in the capital, Khartoum, and the rest of the states to mobilise the masses into the street in the coming days to announce their rejection of the political component and the military component signing of the final agreement and announcing the government.

US ambassador to Sudan John Godfrey was taken to hospital after a traffic incident on Wednesday, the US embassy in Khartoum said. “We can confirm that Ambassador Godfrey and two other embassy employees were involved in a car accident in Khartoum, Sudan today,” the embassy tweeted. “They were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.” He was transferred to Royal Care Hospital. While no details have been released as to the ambassador’s injuries, his bodyguard suffered a broken hand, Sudanese media reported. “Ambassador Godfrey was released and is now resting at home,” the embassy said. “He and his team experienced only minor injuries.” Mr Godfrey had recently hosted an iftar at the US embassy in Khartoum, where he met artists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. “It was helpful to hear their insights about issues important to the Sudanese people and learn about the ways they contribute to the diverse social fabric of Sudan,” he wrote on Twitter. Mr Godfrey is the first US ambassador to Sudan in 25 years. The veteran State Department official took over the post in August 2022, a move that suggested a thaw in relations that had been strained since the early 1990s when the US blacklisted Sudan as state sponsor of terrorism.


Foreign Exchange 

It must be noted that many international banks still do not do transactions with Sudan due to ongoing sanctions, Visa & Mastercard facilities are extremely limited but can be found in some hotels, but it is wise to check before travelling. Western Union and Dahabshiil do operate in the country. 

Current Rates against Sudanese Pounds (SDG)

Bank Rate

USD  1 – 445.35 SDG

Euro  1 – 484.56 SDG

Alternative Market Rate 

USD  1 – 602.00 SDG 

Euro  1 – 630.00 SDG 


 Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from and may change at any time. 
Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travellers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time. 
Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travellers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time. 
Level 4 – Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. Conditions in any country may change at any time.   
Sudan Travel Advisory
Sudan is experiencing sporadic civil unrest and protests across the country. Communication disruptions, including internet and cell phone service, can occur during protests. Power issues are ongoing.  
Country Summary: Crime, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, and carjacking can occur. This type of crime is more frequent outside of Khartoum. 
Members of known militia groups and individuals sympathetic to these groups in Sudan could attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities, and areas frequented by Westerners.
Demonstrations can occur with no warning. The majority of recent demonstrations in Khartoum have been planned and peaceful. However, police and other security forces may intervene to disperse demonstrators, including with the use of tear gas when protests occur near key government locations and/or impair freedom of movement.
Violence continues along the border between Chad and Sudan and areas that border South Sudan (including the disputed Abyei area). Armed opposition/ Ethnic groups are active in all Darfur states and parts of Blue Nile, Darfur and South Kordofan states. Intercommunal clashes can occur throughout the country and can result in the declaration of localized States of Emergency. 

SUDAN – INCIDENT MAPPING:  24th – 30th March 2023



Civilian & Military start talks on Military integration 

Sudan’s military and civilian political leaders began talks on Sunday on a proposal to bring the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) under the army’s control as they try to finalize an agreement for a new transition leading to elections. Integrating the RSF and placing the military under civilian authority are central demands of civilian groups that helped overthrow long-time autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir four years ago and shared power with the military until an October 2021 coup. Sudan’s army has a long history of staging military takeovers and has amassed substantial economic holdings. It wants to see the RSF, which by some estimates has up to 100,000 fighters, integrated under its control.  
Sudanese weary of new civilian transition led by Burhan and Hemeti

Sudan’s Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (R) and paramilitary commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (2nd R) alongside civilian leaders, sign an initial deal aimed at ending a deep crisis caused by last year’s military coup, in the capital Khartoum on December 5, 2022. Sudan is set to form a new government on 11 April after the country’s main pro-democracy group, the Forces of Freedom and Change, agreed on a timeline with General Abdelfattah Al-Burhan and General Mohammed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’ Dagalo. This move marks the beginning of the country’s transition towards a civilian government, but those on the ground are weary of yet another change. 
Syria, Sudan discuss bilateral relations and means to strengthen them

Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, discussed in a phone call with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, Ali Al-Sadiq Ali, the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and means to boost them. Minister Mikdad stressed Syria’s aspiration to work closely with the brothers in Sudan to overcome all the challenges facing joint Arab action, highlighting Sudan’s important role on the Arab and African arenas. He underlined Syria’s keenness to deepen its relations with brotherly Sudan in various fields. In turn, the Sudanese minister affirmed that relations with Syria are good and deep-rooted. He expressed his conviction that Syria would exercise its important role and position in a way that would benefit the Arab interest and serves security and stability in the region.




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