Conflict and Fragility


Internet Lifeline Sudan

11 Apr 2024 - 11:23
Source: El Tayeb Siddig / Reuters
Ensuring unhindered internet access is key to helping the Sudanese people survive the war

Starting in the early days of February, a telecommunications shutdown left almost 30 million Sudanese without access to the internet or telephone calls for several weeks. Although the network has been partially restored in the east of the country, large swathes of Sudan – including the capital Khartoum – remain isolated. The large-scale shutdown in February has come on top of several network disruptions over the previous months, particularly in the western region of Darfur, which have kept millions of people isolated for months. These repeated disruptions have taken place against the backdrop of a violent war between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which in their reckless competition for power have dragged the whole country and its 45 million people into an abyss.

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