Kiir hunts for aid corridors amidst Sudan’s war

By Ephraim Modi Duku Sokiri

President Salva Kiir Mayardit remains committed in engaging the two warring generals in the Republic of Sudan to explore spirit of diplomacy resolve to their current political fighting in the Sudan while considering opening up humanitarian corridors.

In a statement released over the weekend, Kiir reiterated his exertions in reaching out to the two former allies’ leaders in Sudan to embrace on cessation of hostilities to give a safe passage of the foreign citizens stranded in Khartoum, Sudan.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit had a telephone call yesterday (Friday) evening on 21st April, 2023 at 7:30pm with H.E. Gen. Abdel Fatah Al Burhan, the chairperson of Sovereign Council and Commander in Chief of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on the current situation in the Sudan,” partly read the statement from the president’s office.

“This morning (Saturday), President Kiir tried to reach out on telephone to Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), to convey the same message on the cessation of hostilities, opening of humanitarian corridors and safe evacuation of foreign citizens trapped in Khartoum, Sudan” it added.

The President in his efforts to consolidated regional intervention in Sudan, advanced with the Inter-governmental Authority on Government (IGAD) Regional leaders to brief them on his consultations with the two Sudan’s military actors on speedy end to their aggressions.

On Wednesday, the president Kiir echoed concerns about the situation of his citizens and other foreign nationals in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan.

Meanwhile, the implementation of the remaining phases in the Revitalized Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) seems to be hanging in the sky as the president’s efforts are diverted to halt the situation in the Republic of Sudan

The war in Sudan continue to claim lives of many people, destruction of properties and displacement of hundreds and thousands of people, massive torture and intimidation of civilians as footages of the barbaric acts surface over the social media.

The fighting was alleged to have begun with attacks by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on key government sites. Airstrikes, artillery and heavy gunfire across its capital Khartoum in Sudan including other cities.

As of 21 April 2023, both RSF leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Sudan’s de facto, leader and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan claimed control of several key government sites, including the general military headquarters, the Presidential Palace, Khartoum International Airport, Burhan’s official residence, and the SNBC headquarters.

However, this conflict between the two warring generals once allies has created fear on non-Sudanese nationals, who seeks to exit the situation at all cost which seems impossible and risk for them since access to the main airport is still blocked.   

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