Last updated on April 28th, 2023 at 08:40 am
After being forced to remain inside their homes for several days due to the fighting between the army and a competing paramilitary group, many people in the cities of Khartoum and Omdurman, which are located close to one another, took advantage of the relative calm to leave their homes and line up at bakeries and grocery stores in order to obtain food and water. Some people went to look at homes or stores that had been broken into and plundered.
In the city of Omdurman, people formed lines to obtain the necessities for their daily lives. “The people are powerless; they stand in line for food, and they stand in line for benzene.” According to Fath al-Rahman, a resident of Umdurman, “there is no fuel, there is no bread, and there is no water.”
Gunfire and explosions could still be heard throughout the city, despite the fact that people reported that fighting was confined to smaller areas, primarily around the headquarters of the military and the Republican Palace in central Khartoum, as well as near bases in Omdurman, which is located across the Nile River.
People in the Bahri district can’t locate water, so they drink from the river because there is still fighting going on there. As one local citizen named Faisal Mohamed put it, “We need to lessen the struggle of the people.” Many others used the opportunity to join the tens of thousands of people who have flowed out of the capital in recent days, hoping to escape the crossfire between the forces of Sudan’s two senior generals. The future of any truce is uncertain; therefore, many people took advantage of the opportunity.
Since April 15, the fight between the generals for control of the government has brought the population to the brink of collapse. Food is becoming increasingly difficult to procure; large portions of the capital city and other cities are without electricity; and a significant number of hospitals have closed their doors.
Multiple relief organizations have been forced to halt their operations, which is a significant setback in a nation with a population of 46 million people where a third of the population is dependent on humanitarian assistance.
After the completion of the international evacuations of foreigners that started on Sunday, many people in Sudan are concerned that the fighting between the army and its opposing Rapid Support Forces may become more intense.