Enough is enough for Sudan: Sudanese official
A prominent political activist in Sudan has called for the withdrawal of his country’s soldiers currently fighting in Yemen. Rashid Saeed of the Sudan Professionals’ Association is a civilian member of Sudan’s ruling coalition and has asked the transitional government to bring the troops home. He also expressed a desire for a negotiated peace agreement in Yemen.
The decision to send thousands of Sudanese soldiers to join the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen was made by ousted President Omar Al-Bashir who is currently facing corruption charges. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.
According to Noha Aboueldahab, a fellow of the Brookings Doha Centre, there are between 8,000 to 14,000 paramilitaries from Sudan, some of whom are reported to be child soldiers, recruited by the Saudis from Darfur, which is itself a war-torn and impoverished region. Recent reports claim that the coalition has been recruiting child soldiers in Yemen via human trafficking networks.
Hundreds of Sudanese fighters have been killed in the war, currently in its fifth year. The overall death toll is nearing 100,000 according to data collated by the US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.