Canada Sudan: The Shadow of the Hemeidti Militia Head Above The Civil Forces

11:05  16 october  2021
11:05  16 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, à Khartoum, le 30 avril 2019. © ASHRAF Shazly / AFP Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, Khartoum, April 30, 2019.

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Many see the influence of the military, who are trying to put pressure on the government of Abdalla Hamdok by cracking the alliance of civil parties. And behind the scenes, you have to see the hand of Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, Alias ​​Hemeidti, the commander of a powerful paramilitary militia. According to several concordant sources, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo would have released the portfolio to encourage many Sudanese to join the event. Students from the Koranic schools would have been paid to get around Khartoum. Bus would be shrinking from Darfur. The goal is to put pressure on the civilian government.

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according to a French diplomat, hemeidti plays on antagonism between the center and the peripheries by supporting the faction of forces for freedom and the change created a week ago by Gibril Ibrahim and Minni Minawi, two ex -Chefs of rebel groups. Originally from Darfur, they are trying to present themselves as the voices of the peripheral regions. Conversely, politicians from the center of Sudan and the Nile Valley that have long held the reins of the country without accounting for the demands of marginalized regions. Hemeidti himself was at the maneuver to negotiate Juba's agreements with these different rebel groups in Darfur.

The forces of Hemeidti are nevertheless suspected of committing many crimes in Darfur. The rapid support forces have widely recruited into the Janjawids militias used since 2003 by Omar Al-Bachir against insurgent groups in the region. In 2013, the fallen President Omar Al-Bachir had made an official militia at the service of the Sudanese state.

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A powerful but weakened man

The rapid support forces commander is at the head of a real empire in the mining sector, gold, import-export, roads, infrastructure and transport. Hemeidti is rich and powerful, he leads a militia of more than 40,000 soldiers according to different estimates.

Yet man is weakened. Indeed, many actors and in particular the President of the Council of Sovereignty, General Al-Burhan wish to integrate his forces into the regular army. The United States also multiplies pressures in this direction. As a symbol, this week, the American Facebook company has announced having suspended more than 600 accounts and pages with links with the controversial militia.

The forces of Hemeidti are also suspected of being responsible for the violent dispersion of the Sit-in-Pacific on June 3, 2019, in front of the army headquarters making more than 200 deaths and hundreds of disappeared. The investigation on this subject has still not rendered its conclusions.

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