Situation Report: RSF and SAF fighting over control of Babanusa in West Kordofan, Kidnapping for ransom in Oromia, IDPs protest in Mekelle

Three days of severe fighting has been reported from Babanusa in West Kordofan, where Rapid Support Forces (RSF) launched a military offence against Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in order to capture their headquarters; An increasing number of people are kidnapped for ransom in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Victims are tortured until family members pay the ransoms; Internally displaced persons in Tigray held a peaceful protest in Mekelle yesterday calling for withdrawal of foreign forces from Tigray so as to be able to safely return to their home; and more.

News Highlights: Ethiopia signs MoU with Somaliland, Impunity fuelling abuses in the Horn, EU increasingly relying on external solutions

In this week’s News Highlights: Ethiopia signs MoU with Somaliland causing tensions across the Horn and beyond; Al-Burhan rejects ceasefire proposal from Taqadum civilian coalition; Sudan’s Resistance committee members targeted; Humanitarian conditions worsen amidst conflict and cholera outbreak in Sudan; Urgent assistance required for drought-affected areas in Ethiopia; UN helicopter stuck in Al-Shabaab territory in Somalia; Testimonies from Eritrea’s prisons; Pro-democracy Eritreans warn about upcoming festival in Australia; Warrap State in South Sudan approves shoot-to-kill law; Impunity fuelling abuses in the Horn, states HRW; Rights of migrants and refugees being harmed in Tunisia; More legal migration necessary, says European Commission; EU increasingly turning to external solutions to migration; At least three people dead following shipwreck off Greece; Tusk states Poland will not accept relocation of asylum seekers; and Number of deaths on routes to Spain almost tripled, states NGO. 

News Highlights: Airstrikes in Khartoum and Nyala, Storm kills thousands in Libya, MEPs criticise Tunisia-EU migration deal

In this week’s News Highlights: More civilians killed in airstrikes on Nyala and Khartoum; Volker Perthes steps down; Burhan meets with President Afewerki; Burhan meets with SPLM-North leader; International experts warn of empty peace initiatives in Sudan; Reports of ENDF atrocities in Amhara region; Young man found dead after arrest by ENDF; Somaliland sends army troops to Laascaanood; Closure of Eritrean churches after clashes in the Tel Aviv Eritrean Festival; An estimated 10,000 victims and 100,000 missing people after Storm Daniel in Libya; Conflicts over EU’s migration deal with Tunisia; Lampedusa hits record number of arrivals; More European countries to implement “radical” migration strategies; and Emergency refugee response programme extended in Greece.