As Sudan remains caught in a bitter civil war, there is fresh attention on details from the time the conflict began, revealing the motives behind a conflict with no end in sight.
Al Jazeera broadcast a recording of an emotionally charged speech from the leader of the Rapid Support Forces on the evening of Monday, 4 April. In it, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leader, spoke of a meeting with the other central figure in the conflict, the regular army’s commander, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
It took place 10 days before the outbreak of war. Dagalo, better known as Hemedti, proposed to al-Burhan that there should be stronger collaboration between the RSF and Sudan’s regular army.
Hemedti said he intended to address the proliferation of armed groups in the country.
The fresh attention his words are now under comes amid renewed scrutiny over the RSF’s network of alliances, both covert and open, as speculation about the power balance caused by the fighting continues. They show how the militia’s commander twists facts and follows a false narrative of his own making.