Smoke rises from Sudan’s capital as conflict grips Khartoum

In a striking display of collective action, a group of 147 Sudanese citizens have voiced their concerns through a letter addressed to Mr. Vincent Biruta, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Rwanda, dated January 8, 2024. The letter protests the recent reception of Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, the commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), in Rwanda. This action forms part of a broader initiative, with similar letters dispatched to the foreign affairs ministers of Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, and South Africa — countries that have also welcomed the RSF commander.

These Sudanese citizens have also extended their reach by sending copies of the letter to the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and relevant United Nations (UN) departments, underscoring the significance of their appeal.

The letter, originating from Merowe on January 1, 2024, expresses deep dismay and shock at the reception of Daglo in Rwanda. It highlights the grave accusations against Daglo and his militia, the RSF, for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocidal acts in Sudan. The letter strongly emphasizes the extensive damage and suffering caused by the RSF in Sudan, including the destruction of properties, senseless civilian killings, and the displacement of millions.

Furthermore, the letter criticizes the impact of the RSF on essential services in Sudan, noting the cessation of healthcare provision and the disruption of education for children in areas affected by the militia’s presence. This communication serves as a poignant reminder of the severe humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sudan and the alleged role of Daglo and his forces in exacerbating this situation.

The citizens’ letter poignantly asks Minister Biruta to consider the implications if a similar militia were to cause havoc in Rwanda, drawing attention to the perceived inconsistency in welcoming a figure accused of such severe human rights violations. The signatories of the letter demand, in the spirit of humanity and African solidarity, that Dagalo be handed over to Sudanese authorities to face justice for his alleged crimes.

This collective action by Sudanese citizens represents a powerful call for accountability and justice in the face of ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Sudan. It also reflects the growing discontent among the Sudanese populace towards international receptions of figures like Daglo, perceived as responsible for widespread suffering and instability in their homeland.