Aid in Danger: Sudan April 15-19

 



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Aid in Danger in Sudan
15-19 April 2023
Since fighting started between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF), hundreds of people have been killed and thousands wounded. More than 75,000 people have been internally displaced and tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring countries, including Egypt, Chad, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Ethiopia. The violence has impacted aid workers, assets and programmes. Humanitarians have called on all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and for ceasefires to be fully respected in order to provide civilians respite from the fighting.

Below are the incidents Insecurity Insight has identified between 15-19 April. The incidents reported are not a complete nor a representative list of all events that affected the provision of aid delivery and have not been independently verified. Data collection is ongoing and data may change as more information is made available. If you have additional information on an incident documented here, or a new incident, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Visit our website, join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter.

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Documented incidents
As reported on 15 April 2023: In several locations, Darfuri states, humanitarian missions have had medical and other supplies looted. Sources: New Age I and New Age II
 
15 April 2023: In Khartoum, a WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) aircraft was significantly damaged amid an exchange of fire, seriously impacting WFP’s ability to move humanitarian workers and aid across Sudan. Sources: Sputnik and UN
 
15 April 2023: In Kabkabiya district, North Darfur state, three WFP staff members were killed and two others wounded during clashes between the SAF and RSF at a military base. In response, WFP suspended its operations across Sudan. Sources: BBCKhaama PressNew AgePersonal CommunicationSputnikThe New Arab IThe New Arab IIUN and WFP
 
15 April 2023: In El Fasher, North Darfur state, a male finance officer of Relief International was killed during clashes between the SAF and RSF. Source: Relief International
 
15 April 2023: In Khartoum, an Aid Office Head was shot and wounded during clashes between the SAF and RSF.  Source: AWSD1
 
16 April 2023: In Burri neighbourhood, Khartoum, an RPG reportedly damaged a UN vehicle outside the home of a national Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) employee. Sources: Personal Communication I and Personal Communication II
 
16 April 2023: In Khartoum, an unexploded ordnance of unidentified origin was dropped into the home of a UNHCR staffer and his family. Source: Personal Communication
 
16 April 2023: In Amarat neighbourhood, Khartoum, a projectile struck and reportedly caused damage to an international UN workers home. Sources: Personal Communication I and Personal Communication II
 
16 April 2023: In several locations, Darfuri states, premises belonging to the UN and other humanitarian actors were hit by unidentified projectiles, and looted. Source: UN
 
17 April 2023: In Khartoum, an INGO aid worker was reportedly sexually assaulted by unidentified perpetrators. Source: Personal Communication
 
17 April 2023: Near Ozone area, Khartoum, RSF members reportedly invaded the house of a FAO international staffer, and stole his laptop, cash, and passport. Sources: Personal Communication I and Personal Communication II
 
17 April 2023: In Amarat neighbourhood, Khartoum, RSF members reportedly invaded multiple homes of UN staff, including a house on Street 55, either to convert them into operational centres, or to stage combat operations inside them. Sources: Personal Communication I and Personal Communication II
 
17 April 2023: In Khartoum 2 neighbourhood, Khartoum, RSF members reportedly entered a building hosting four INGO expats, abducting two Nigerian men, and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Source: Personal Communication
 
17 April 2023: In Khartoum, three armed men in RSF uniform reportedly fired gunshots and broke into OCHA’s car park, where they tried to steal an OCHA vehicle, but failed to start the engine. Sources: Personal Communication I and Personal Communication II
 
17 April 2023: In Khartoum, seven armed men in RSF uniform reportedly fired gunshots at an OCHA security guard and broke into OCHA’s car park, where they tried to steal OCHA vehicles. Sources: Personal Communication I and Personal Communication II
 
17 April 2023: In Khartoum, the Petronas Building, which hosts several UN offices, came under fire as snipers from the RSF climbed the rooftop and fired gunshots. Source: Personal Communication
 
17 April 2023: In Nyala city, South Darfur state, plainclothes militiamen reportedly looted the offices of the UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, Mercy Corps and World Vision. Source: Personal Communication
 
17 April 2023: In El Fasher city, North Darfur state, an INGO office was looted by armed perpetrators. Two vehicles, IT equipment, food items, and medical supplies were taken. Source: Personal Communication
 
18 April 2023: In Khartoum, the SAF reportedly invaded the SOS Children’s Villages facility, prompting the evacuation of staff and beneficiaries. Source: Personal Communication
 
18 April 2023: In Nyala city, South Darfur state, the MSF compound and medical warehouse were raided by armed men who stole vehicles and office equipment. Sources: Euronews and MSF
 
19 April 2023: In Nyala city, South Darfur state, unidentified perpetrators looted the ICRC office, and stole one vehicle. Sources: Euronews and ICRC

This report comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is part of the Aid in Danger project, by Insecurity Insight. All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations. Insecurity Insight. 2023. 15- 19 April 2023 Aid in Danger in Sudan. Switzerland: Insecurity Insight. bit.ly/15-19Apr2023SDNAid

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) does not include the names of individual victims or the agencies affected by an incident. This is done in consideration of the victims and their families who may not wish to have the names published in this format and to afford equal respect to the many victims for whom this information is not available. Accessed 30 April 2022.
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