Abderrahim Hamdan Daglo, the brother and right-hand man of the head of the Rapid Support Forces, General Hemedti, is being sanctioned by the US Treasury for his leadership role in the Rapid Support Forces. According to US diplomacy, members of the RSF have been guilty of violence and human rights violations. This includes massacres of civilians, ethnic killings, and sexual violence, in Darfur and elsewhere.
Abderrahim Hamdan Daglo is the first individual to be sanctioned by the United States in connection with the country’s civil war. The fact that he is in charge of the RSF therefore sends out a message, especially as he is also the brother of the RSF’s leader, General Hemedti, who has been at war with the army’s Chief of Staff, General Al-Buhran, since April 15.
The sanctions are classic: his assets in the United States are frozen. Entities in which he directly or indirectly owns at least half of the shares are also blocked. Transactions with these entities are also forbidden to persons doing business in the United States.
In addition, the head of the RSF for West Darfur, General Abdul Rahman Juma, is subject to visa restrictions. He is accused of being behind the deaths of the governor of West Darfur and his brother.
But the explanation that circulated the most on this occasion was that Hemedti was dead, thus reviving a persistent rumor. Indeed, Hemedti has not appeared in public for several weeks. Mediators in the Sudanese crisis claim they have been unable to contact him.