Sudan suspends schools after students killed in protests


Authorities in Sudan have suspended all schools as of Wednesday after four students were killed during protests.

Sudan’s ruling military council ordered schools across the country to close their doors indefinitely as students continue to stage protests over the deaths of four pupils during a previous rally on Monday.

Sudan closes schools indefinitely

Five people were killed during a protest over fuel and bread shortages in El-Obeid, North Kordofan state, on Monday when security forces opened fire using live ammunition.

Four of those killed were school students.

Following the deaths, hundreds of school children – many of whom were dressed in their uniforms – took to the streets of Khartoum on Tuesday to protest the killings in El-Obeid.

Demonstrations by school children were also held in other parts of the capital and cities in the country. Late on Tuesday, the ruling military council responded by announcing the immediate closure of schools across the country until further notice.

The killings in El-Obeid came the day before protest leaders and key members of the military council were due to hold talks over a power-sharing deal signed earlier this month.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.