Explosive violence in Sudan

AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on the harm caused by explosive weapons around the world. This data is used by international organisations, researchers, journalists and advocacy groups to campaign for reduced civilian harm as a result of explosive violence.

Over the past decade (2014-2023), AOAV has recorded 190 incidents of explosive violence in Sudan, resulting in 2,990 casualties, of which 99% (2,969) were reported as civilians. Civilian casualties include at least 149 children, 66 women and 25 men. Of the civilian casualties, 45% (1,347) were reported as killed.

The five most affected regions in terms of civilian harm as a result of explosive violence over the past decade are Khartoum (1,740 civilian casualties), South Darfur (515), North Darfur (225), East Darfur (95), and North Kordofan (93).

Ground-launched weapons were the deadliest form of weapon, accounting for 59% (113) of all incidents recorded between 2014-2023, 62% of total civilian casualties (1,828), and 48% (649) of all civilians killed within the decade.

The majority of harm from explosive weapons use in Sudan over the past decade was reportedly perpetrated by state actors, who account for 37% (70) of all incidents and caused 34% (1,020) of all civilian casualties, as well as 46% (622) of all civilians killed.