El Obeid, 06 May, 2023 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre (VCT) situated in Khartoum, Sudan’s embattled capital city, is mulling over a plan to move the institution to a safer place following a bombing that destroyed part of the facility under the auspices of Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB).
Fr. Jacob Thelekkadan, the Director of the vocational training centre, has told ACI Africa that the centre has been hit alongside other Catholic Church facilities as war rages on in Sudan.
In his Friday, May 5 statement to ACI Africa, Fr. Thelekkadan recalls the April bombing of various Catholic facilities in Sudan including the April 20 rocket attack on a Catholic Cathedral, saying, “Just as the two bombs that fell in the compound of the Cathedral in El Obeid… another fell near the northern end of St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre, destroying partly the meeting-hall of the students.”
St. Joseph VTC is located just about three kilometers away from one of the bases of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the paramilitary force under General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo that is in battle with army units of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) that are loyal to the head of Sudan's transitional governing Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who led the coup against the transitional government in October 2021.
The training centre is also vulnerable to attacks as it is located just about four kilometers away from the presidential palace and some five kilometers away from Khartoum International airport, where battles have reportedly been raging.