After three days of fierce warfare against the South Armed Forces (SAF), led by second commander Abdel Rabin Dagalo, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) seizes control of South Darfur Nyala and swears to protect civilians. The start of peace negotiations between the RSF and SAF in Jeddah coincided with the surrender of Nyala.


The RSF declared in a statement following its capture of Nyala that it had severely damaged the army, killing almost 2,000 soldiers. Furthermore, the statement said that the RSF now controlled the second most populous state in Sudan, after Khartoum, and that it now controlled several states in Darfur and Cordovan. This was achieved by the seizing of the army headquarters in Nyala.Abdel Rahim Dagalo called on the city’s residents to come back and gave orders to the police and prosecutors to maintain security, protect civic assets that provide necessary services, and enable the reopening of hospitals and marketplaces. Moreover, the UN reported that fighting between communities in the As Sunta and Buram districts of South Darfur claimed the lives of around 140 individuals. 


The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) reported that fresh fighting between the South SAF and the RSF in Nyala town, South Darfur State, resulted in at least 17 fatalities and 17,500 displaced people. The SAF and RSF are engaged in increasingly intricate and multifaceted fighting as new factions are brought in and local disputes in Darfur worsen.


The reports of abductions and inhumane treatment of women and girls in Darfur areas under the authority of the RSF alarmed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday.The captives, kidnapped from Khartoum and the RSF-controlled areas, were purportedly forced into marriage and kept captive for ransom. The UN reported that reliable sources indicated that over 20 people had been kidnapped, but the real figure might be far higher.A dismal picture of the situation faced by women and girls was painted by witnesses’ accounts of seeing them restrained in chains within automobiles and pick-up trucks.


In the face of these obstacles, it is imperative that governments, humanitarian organizations, and the international community keep Darfur the front and center in their attempts to promote peace talks and offer humanitarian assistance. Since the Darfuri people have suffered greatly for far too long, it is critical to work towards a long-term solution that guarantees their safety and well-being.


The state of affairs in Darfur is a sobering reminder of the  necessity for continuous international cooperation in the face of humanitarian emergencies, the defense of human rights, and the promotion of peace in areas plagued by instability and violence.