More than 500 civilians are estimated to have died since violence erupted earlier this month between rival armed factions
Former Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Saturday that the worsening armed conflict in the African country could trigger a civil war, which he said would be a “nightmare for the world”.
“God forbid if Sudan is to reach a point of proper civil war,” he said at an event in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday. He added that he believed civil wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya would be “small game” compared to what he fears will break out in Sudan. “I think it would be a nightmare for the world” Hamdok explained.
Around 500 civilians are believed to have lost their lives since the conflict erupted in the politically turbulent country on April 15, mainly between armed forces controlled by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and those controlled by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo – otherwise known as the name of Hemedti – who is the commander of the Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The main dispute between the two sides concerns the planned integration of the RSF into the existing Sudanese army.
The two warring sides had tentatively agreed to several truces, but neither has taken firm root, as violence continues in the country’s capital, Khartoum – which has reported widespread power outages, as well as food shortages and water. UN estimates suggest that some 75,000 people were displaced following the outbreak of fighting, which also led foreign workers to leave the country in droves.
Hamdok added that he thought the conflict was a “senseless war”. “There is no one who will emerge victorious from this victory. That’s why it has to stop. he remarked.
Hamdok was ousted from power in Sudan by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in October 2021, in what was another flashpoint amid the country’s fragile transition to democratic rule. He returned to government on power-sharing terms with al-Burhan’s army before choosing to step down in January, amid claims by some protesters that Hamdok’s association with the army had no effect. served only to help approve a military takeover.
Sudan was previously ruled by authoritarian leader Omar al-Bashir between 1993 and 2019, before he too was removed from office after mass protests led to a military coup.
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