Content note: The following post contains references to violence.
Authorities in Sudan must immediately stop disconnecting people from the internet, blocking access to information and secure communication channels when it is needed most. As armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) escalates, millions on the ground are in urgent need of reliable internet to secure food, water, and navigate safe evacuation routes amid ongoing violence and turmoil.
Telecommunications operator MTN implemented a shutdown on April 16 for approximately 10 hours, based on Cloudflare records and on-the-ground reports. It also appears that Sudatel has been down since Sunday, April 23, with only approximately 50% of the usual traffic on Monday. The reason for these disruptions is still unknown.
It is alleged that the fighting in Sudan has led to damage and power issues in most of the internet service providers’ data centres across the country.
Reports continue to emerge from Sudan of a dangerous disinformation campaign between both parties, including the use of hijacked Twitter accounts, the spread of fake news, further confusing and exposing the danger currently being faced by millions of people across the nation.
Authorities in Sudan must #KeepItOn.