Sudanese Red Crescent Society recovers over 59 bodies in South Kordufan

By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)

 Khartoum (sudanow.info.sd) – Since fighting erupted in South Kordufan in June; the Sudanese Red Crescent Society has recovered and buried 59 bodies. The Society's volunteers have recorded all the information, including burial locations, needed to identify the bodies.


"Dignified and proper management of the dead is fundamental to helping families establish the fate of their relatives," said Osman Gaffer, the secretary-general of the Sudanese Red Crescent Society. "Adequate dead-body management can ease the concerns of families about their missing relatives. Without any information about what happened to their relatives, families are unable to mourn the dead – and that causes additional suffering in a situation that is already very difficult emotionally. So far, 11 families have been able to identify their relatives." The

bodies were buried in accordance with local customs and traditions at gravesites in Kadugli.


Under international humanitarian law, the primary responsibility to search for and bury the dead lies with the parties involved in the fighting. On the basis of its humanitarian mandate, the Sudanese Red Crescent provides expertise in dead-body management to relieve the families' grief and to document the cases of the dead.


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a partner of the Sudanese Red Crescent within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has provided training in dead body management for Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers and made available the necessary supplies, including body bags, special clothing and photographic equipment. In addition, the

ICRC has provided psychological support for the volunteers.


The Sudanese Red Crescent has been responding to urgent humanitarian needs in South Kordufan from the onset of the fighting in June. The society's volunteers provide assistance to those affected by the conflict throughout South Kordufan.


The Sudanese Red Crescent carries out its operations in cooperation with partners such as the ICRC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.



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