Je m'appelle Al Bakri Al Taher Malik et je vivais à Al Engaz, au sud de Khartoum. Il y a environ six mois, j'ai été blessé juste devant ma maison. © Fais Abubakr

The war nightmare is stalking us... we long for the day the war will end!

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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Le 15 décembre 2023, les Forces de soutien rapide (FSR) ont lancé une attaque sur Wad Madani, au Soudan. Depuis lors, plus d'un demi-million de personnes ont fui les combats et l'insécurité qui en découle, dont environ 234 000 personnes déplacées à l'intérieur du pays qui avaient auparavant cherché refuge à Wad Madani lors de l'intensification des violences à Khartoum. © Fais Abubakr
Escalating humanitarian needs for more than half a million newly internally displaced people fleeing violence in Wad Madani
On December 15, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) launched an attack on Wad Madani, Sudan, and took control of several other cities and areas in Al Jazirah state within days. Since then, more than half a million people have fled the fighting.

MSF had been present in Wad Madani since May 2023. Conditions were already dire for the half a million internally displaced people living there, which made up 8 per cent of all internally displaced people in Sudan—already the world’s largest internal displacement crisis, with more than 6 million forced from their homes within the country in addition to more than 1.4 million who have fled across borders. 

Between May and November, MSF teams performed 18,390 medical consultations (40 per cent of them for children under 15 years old) in several of the hundreds of locations hosting displaced people across the state, some in schools or old public buildings.  

Al Bakri Al Taher Malik

“The war brought nothing but destruction and the separation of families. We lost our home, and we lost our city Khartoum.” - says is Al Bakri Al Taher Malik, who used to live in Al Engaz, South Khartoum.

I survived death twice, when I got injured the first time with bullet and the second time with shrapnel due to bombed by planes. 

Therefore, I have decided to leave Khartoum to receive treatment, due to the challenges of reaching the nearest center. 

I have lost my nephew. He died on the first day of the Ramadan Eid by a Shell (Dana 120). He was divided into three parts.

He was performing ablution to go to the mosque when he died in front of the door of his house, in addition to three other neighbours who died in front of the mosque.

 “I have three children, and I am concerned about their education, which has been disrupted by the war. I am unable to meet their needs because of difficult economic circumstances.”

When the pictures were taken, early December, Al Bakri couldn’t wait to go back home to Khartoum. “I'm waiting for the day when the war is declared over; even if I have nothing to return home, I'll go, even if I had to walk on foot.”, he said at the time.

On December 17, conflict erupted in Madani and  Albakri had to leave again. He went on a three-day journey back to Khartoum. He feels pain in his injuries, particularly in wintertime.


Je m'appelle Al Bakri Al Taher Malik et je vivais à Al Engaz, au sud de Khartoum. Il y a environ six mois, j'ai été blessé juste devant ma maison. Fais Abubakr © Fais Abubakr

Souad Abdullah shared with us a brave story:

Je m'appelle Al Bakri Al Taher Malik et je vivais à Al Engaz, au sud de Khartoum. Il y a environ six mois, j'ai été blessé juste devant ma maison © Fais Abubakr

Souad Abdullah shared with us a brave story; “I came all the way from Mayo, south Khartoum to Wd Madani in journey of three days. Riding Caro (which is a wooden cart pulled by a donkey) along with my Six children”. She was five months pregnant at the time.

When we arrived here, we were suffering; there were no   bathrooms, water, food, or drinking water.  The organizations then arrived and intervened, providing us with water, soap, and buckets, and our conditions improved slightly.

Médecins Sans Frontières intervened and took care of us from the beginning, as the children suffered from sunstroke. The organization was present throughout the week. They also help me delivering my baby girl and did their best.

I have no prospect of returning to Khartoum because of the huge destruction that has occurred there, as well as the demolition of institutions and hospitals.


Marry Monga arrived on 15th of May from Al Samarab, Bahri:

Je m'appelle Marry Monga, je suis arrivée d'Al Samarab, Bahri, Khartoum le 15 mai. C'est la première fois que je viens à Wad Madani. J'ai vécu toute ma vie à Khartoum, depuis ma naissance jusqu'à mon mariage, et c'est là que j'ai donné naissance à mes enfants. © Fais Abubakr

This is my first time here in Wad Madani. I lived my entire life in Khartoum from my birth until I got married, and I gave birth to my children there.” 

The situation here is very chaotic. My baby is a month old, and he doesn't look like one month old cause I don't have any milk.

There is no education or healthy food here, there is no controlled environment to take care of the children, and there is also no healthy environment with the crowding and mixing of people. 

This environment causes diseases such as infectious diseases and cholera. 

Marry had a call for a better environment and support through her strong understanding of the surrounding situations; We need aid, such as soap, so that children do not get dirty. Since we came here, we are suffering from a scarcity of aid and resources. unlike Khartoum, we had a life where we used to work and provide our needs.

She also added: “There is no support or even enough money to buy a meal. My child is currently sick, and I can only get him treatment through organisations.”

“When I think about the future, I want my children to receive an education. I don't want my children to go through what we went through. If children do not receive education, they will become thieves, perhaps distracted by life. Unlike what happened in Khartoum, we were able to take care of our children, their study, in a healthy environment. Nowadays, we live on the street, they can eat unhealthy food and get poisoned.” 


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