Over the past month, the pace of looting of property in Sudan, including private cars, has increased, and clips documenting these looting operations have spread on social media, which are carried out by soldiers in paramilitary uniforms, as they storm homes and loot homes, shops, and citizens’ cars.
In order to confront the phenomenon of looting, a youth group launched an initiative called “Your Key” to help citizens recover their lost or looted cars, which before the war were active in selling and renting cars, as they have so far monitored the disappearance of 1,118 cars.
The initiative has received hundreds of reports about missing cars and others about cars found in the streets of Khartoum without an owner, and has already succeeded in returning some cars to their owners.
And the “Shabakat” program (8/6/2023) continued the interaction of the Sudanese with the initiative, including Ahmed’s celebration through a tweet in which he wrote, “A great initiative and confirms our conviction that peoples have only one another. The strugglers for power are yesterday’s friends who do not concern the Sudanese.”
As for Abu Muzaffar Qureshi, he suggested that the initiators of the initiative make lists of stolen cars and hand them over to the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to address the countries of Chad and South Sudan, and ask them not to allow trading in these cars, provided that the owners bear the cost of deportation.
Whereas, Ali Abu Talal wrote, “The Sudanese citizen suffers between death by war bullets… We do not see any politician talking except that he warned, discussed, negotiated, etc., all to polish himself… The people are aware and history records.”
Wad Kafi commented on a tweet in which he wrote, “This war is victorious in losing. Those who die on both sides are Sudanese. Those who die and are injured among civilians are Sudanese. The infrastructure that is being destroyed is Sudanese. The capital that is burning is the Sudanese capital.”
Regarding the idea of the initiative and its details, Ahmed Al-Moataz, the founder of the application, who later turned the initiative into a networking program, said that the application was originally aimed at facilitating the sale and rent of cars inside Sudan, but this goal has become impossible since the outbreak of the war, which caused the suspension of many activities.
He continued, “We decided to transform our activity to help citizens who lost their cars recover them, by publishing the data of those lost cars on our pages and social networking sites, and whenever a car appears, we communicate with its owner.”
He pointed out that they receive about 200 complaints per day, and that this rate has been continuing over the past two weeks, pointing out that they have succeeded in returning some cars to their owners, as the thieves leave them for various reasons, foremost of which is the depletion of fuel or their breakdown.
It is reported that with the end of the second month of the war between the army and the Rapid Support Forces approaching, civilians are still the most affected by the scourge of the war, as statistics indicate that about a million Sudanese have been displaced since the start of the war, while those who remain in Khartoum are subjected to bombing or looting due to the situation. The great insecurity.