Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Blames Commanders for Loss of Wad Madani

2 min readDec 23, 2023


Sudan’s civil war has taken a dramatic turn with the capture of the strategic city of Wad Madani by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has lambasted “negligent” commanders for the loss, vowing to hold them accountable.

Civilians Flee Amid Rising Fears of Further Conflict

The fall of Wad Madani has sent shockwaves through Sudan, prompting an exodus of over 300,000 people from Gezira state. Many had sought refuge in the city after fleeing violence elsewhere in the country, only to find themselves caught in the crossfire again.

Aid Workers Brace for Potential Spillover

The RSF, which has been battling the army since April, now controls nearly 70% of Khartoum, the capital, and much of Darfur. Aid workers fear the fighting could spread further, prompting them to evacuate neighboring areas.

Humanitarian Crisis Deepens as Displacement Soars

The conflict has already forced around seven million people from their homes, making Sudan the world’s largest displacement crisis, according to the UN. The war has also devastated Khartoum, triggered a humanitarian crisis, and fueled ethnic violence in Darfur.

International Community Urges De-escalation and Dialogue

The international community has called for an immediate ceasefire and a return to dialogue between the warring factions. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN’s secretary-general, expressed deep concern about the escalating violence and urged all parties to prioritize the safety and well-being of civilians.

The future of Sudan remains uncertain as tensions between the military and the RSF show no signs of abating. The capture of Wad Madani marks a significant escalation in the conflict, raising fears of further displacement and suffering for the Sudanese people.




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