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Sudan’s failing infrastructure a strategic pawn as rival generals stake their claims

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Issue 483 - 28 Apr 2023 - By John Hamilton , Aziz Alnour | 5 minute read

Much of Sudan’s infrastructure was in a parlous state before murderous and indiscriminate faction fighting broke out in mid-April, but the situation is set to get worse still with control of power plants and oil facilities now split between forces under rival generals Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan and Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti).

The crisis shows how densely populated modern cities can be reduced to ruin and complex geopolitical shifts are impacting on stability in fragile polities, write Aziz Alnour and John Hamilton.

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