What’s behind the fighting in Sudan, and what is at stake?

Sudan's military is battling the RSF, a paramilitary group — a conflict that has unleashed countrywide violence. The United States has evacuated embassy staff.

By Niha Masih, Bryan Pietsch, Sammy Westfall and Miriam BergerApril 24, 2023

As Sudan’s capital burns, the Darfur region negotiates a fragile truce

But fighting continues elsewhere in the country between forces backed by rival generals Burhan and Hemedti

By Katharine Houreld and Hafiz HarounApril 24, 2023

A Kenyan cult preached starving for salvation, police say. Dozens have died.

Authorities believe those found dead in a Kenyan forest were followers of pastor Paul Mackenzie’s Good News International Church.

By Rael Ombuor and Frances VinallApril 24, 2023

In photos: Diplomats evacuated from Sudan as fighting continues

More foreign powers evacuated diplomatic staff from Sudan on Sunday despite continued fighting between the Sudanese army and paramilitary forces in the capital, Khartoum, that has trapped millions of civilians on the front line.

By Washington Post StaffApril 24, 2023

As Russians plot against Chad, concerns mount over important U.S. ally

But critics say the Biden administration is making a mistake by giving Chad a pass over violence and repression at home.

By Rachel ChasonApril 24, 2023

Diplomats evacuated from Sudan, but tens of thousands of foreigners remain

Fighting between Sudan’s military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has killed at least 450 people and injured 3,500, according to the United Nations.

By John Hudson, Katharine Houreld and Annabelle TimsitApril 23, 2023

Sudan slides toward civil war and state collapse

People who have navigated Sudan’s tortured politics fear an even darker turn in a nation that is no stranger to ruinous war.

By Ishaan TharoorApril 23, 2023
The Washington Post

Wagner Group surges in Africa as U.S. influence fades, leak reveals

THE DISCORD LEAKS | Wagner’s influence in Africa is a source of alarm to the U.S., prompting a push to find ways to hit the group, according to the documents.

By Greg Miller and Robyn DixonApril 23, 2023

U.S. evacuates embassy personnel and families from Sudan, Biden says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said operations at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum have been suspended as fighting in the Horn of Africa nation continues.

By Claire Parker, Katharine Houreld, Ellen Francis, John Hudson and Shane HarrisApril 22, 2023

Russian mercenaries closely linked with Sudan’s warring generals

But the Wagner Group and its backers in the Kremlin have much to lose if they back the wrong side.

By Katharine Houreld, Dalton Bennett and Robyn DixonApril 22, 2023

Nations plan Sudan evacuations amid calls for Eid holiday cease-fire

Fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces has killed more than 400 people in Sudan. Some 16,000 U.S. citizens are in the country, according to a U.S. official.

By Ellen Francis, Claire Parker, John Hudson and Mikhail KlimentovApril 22, 2023

U.S. gets ready to evacuate staff from Sudan

With violence raging in Khartoum, Biden administration pre-positions troops and equipment at nearby base to assist in evacuation of official personnel.

By Karen DeYoungApril 20, 2023

Families stream out of Sudan’s capital amid apocalyptic scenes of fighting

A humanitarian crisis is looming as people flee the fighting, but aid groups are also paralyzed by the urban warfare.

By Katharine Houreld and Hafiz HarounApril 20, 2023

The warring leaders pushing Sudan to the brink

A violent showdown between Sudan’s two most powerful leaders has brought a new level of instability to the region. Today on “Post Reports,” a look at how the country went from hopes of democracy just a few years ago to being on the cusp of civil war.

By Maggie Penman, Elana Gordon, Sam Bair, Alan Sipress and Lucy PerkinsApril 19, 2023

Generals’ war chests have fueled fighting in Sudan. Now they’re at risk.

With so much at stake, Burhan and Hemedti have an urgent incentive to keep battling.

By Katharine Houreld and Hafiz HarounApril 19, 2023

Sudan cease-fire fails to hold; U.S. convoy, aid workers attacked

Blinken called the attack on a U.S. convoy "reckless" as the military factions continued to level accusations of violence against each other after a cease-fire.

By Katharine Houreld, Ellen Francis, John Hudson and Sammy WestfallApril 18, 2023

Behind chaos in Sudan is a broader global power struggle

As dueling warlords remain locked in a classic internecine conflict in Sudan, outside players are fueling the discord.

By Ishaan TharoorApril 18, 2023

Sudan’s neighbors fear spillover as death toll from clashes nears 200

As fighting between the forces of rival generals stretched into a third day, officials from other African and Arab countries began pressing for calm.

By Katharine Houreld and Bryan PietschApril 17, 2023

U.S. eavesdropped on U.N. secretary general, leaks reveal

The leaked documents reveal the U.S. gathered intelligence on U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, shedding light on his interactions with top U.N. officials and world leaders.

By Tim Starks and Karen DeYoungApril 17, 2023

Civilian toll rises in Sudan as military, rivals fight for control

The battles follow a spike in tensions between the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group and the Sudanese military.

By Katharine Houreld and John HudsonApril 16, 2023