Khartoum, 03 May, 2023 / 9:58 pm (ACI Africa).
The events of the next couple of days will determine whether or not the warring parties in Sudan are respecting the latest ceasefire expected to begin on Thursday, May 4, a Catholic missionary Priest in the Northeastern African nation has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa following the announcement of a seven-day ceasefire to allow peace talks between representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and those of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Fr. Zobinou Komlan Hubert said that his skepticism was based on the fact that previous ceasefires were violated.
“The ceasefire has been announced twice already, but was not respected,” Fr. Komlan said Wednesday, May 3, making reference to two successive three-day ceasefires that were reportedly violated.
The Parish Priest of St. Joseph Kalakla Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum, located some 15 km South of the Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, added, “The shooting and bombing can be heard at any time, whether from the centre of Khartoum or from Omdurman and Jebel Aulia. So, ceasefire seems to be just an announcement. The reality on the ground is that the confrontation is still going on.”
“We have to wake up and stay for a day or two days without hearing any shooting or bombing before appreciating it and say that the two parties have taken it into account,” the Togolese member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) said about the announcement to halt the violence that broke out on April 15.