Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Khartoum (April 8, 2019)

Location: Sudanese Armed Forces Headquarters in Khartoum; metropolitan Khartoum (Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North) and other cities and locations across Sudan.

Event:  There is an on-going demonstration at Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Headquarters.  In the early hours of April 8, clashes occurred between security forces.  Such violence could occur again in this area.  Security presence is high at SAF Headquarters and across the metropolitan Khartoum area.

U.S. government personnel are restricted to official movements only and required to use armored vehicles for all official movement until further notice.

Spontaneous demonstrations may continue day and night throughout the country.  Based on recent protest activity, multiple, spontaneous protests throughout Khartoum could occur in addition to the planned demonstrations.  Demonstrations could escalate in intensity quickly.  Sudanese security forces use large amounts of teargas, batons, and frequent arrests to break up demonstrations.  Bystanders have also been victimized by security forces’ actions.  Protests may occur without warning at any time and may continue in the coming weeks.

Security forces have enhanced authority to detain and arrest anybody they deem to be undermining public order, including protestors or those suspected of supporting the protests.  Arbitrary detentions, including of foreigners, have been reported across the country.  The Sudanese government does not recognize dual citizenship and is likely to consider U.S.-Sudanese dual citizens as Sudanese citizens only.

 Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Khartoum, Sudan

+ (249) (187) 022871

+ (249) (187) 022000 (after hours)

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444