The latest analysis of satellite images by the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, confirms reports of Sudan Armed Forces-led attacks on Abyei, including the razing of one southern-aligned base north of Abyei town. The project, which has consistently documented military build-up in and around the Abyei area, says that northern occupation of the disputed border area was premeditated. Read More »
Sunday, as the Khartoum regime was solidifying its military occupation of Abyei and beginning to loot and burn the town, I heard from one of the foremost experts on Sudan in the world, Dr. Douglas Johnson. We agreed that Bashir's government felt certain that it would face no international consequences for its attack on Abyei, which threatens to plunge the North and South back to full-scale war. In the absence of any cost or accountability, to have believed that Khartoum would NOT strike would have been foolhardy. Read More »
The U.S. government’s incentive-oriented policy toward Sudan has not achieved its objectives. The Khartoum regime has militarily occupied Abyei, escalated bombing and aid cut-offs in Darfur, and increased support for ethnic militias throughout the South. The process toward normalization between the U.S. and Sudan should be suspended and offered incentives should be supplanted by escalating consequences for government officials in Khartoum and any other party that promotes violence, commits human rights abuses, and targets civilians, said a group of prominent anti-genocide and human rights advocacy organizations. Read More »
Here’s the third installment of Guisma’s Story, a video series about a six-year old girl from Darfur, currently living in a refugee camp in eastern Chad, who dreams of returning to a peaceful Sudan one day. Our Sudan Now partner iAct produced this video series to share her inspiring story and dreams. Read More »
On Friday, three villages north of Abyei town were reportedly bombed, and a fourth reportedly bombed or shelled, according to multiple reports from sources on the ground, said the Enough Project. Sources say the Sudan Armed Forces conducted the bombings. These reports have not been officially confirmed.
The reported bombings follow Thursday’s attack on a U.N. convoy escorting Sudanese Armed Forces that were part of a Joint Integrated Unit. Read More »
A deadly wave of government-led bombings and ground attacks hit Darfur early this week, just on the heels of a vow by two prominent rebel leaders to work together for “regime change.” The humanitarian impact of the government’s air strikes and ground attacks were unclear and likely exacerbated by the fact that the government has blocked access for peacekeepers and aid groups to the affected areas. Read More »
Alleged war criminal Ahmed Haroun was announced the winner of the Southern Kordofan governor’s race this past Sunday, in elections that the leading opponent party, the SPLM, has called fraudulent.
According to the National Elections Commission, the national body that is running the vote, Haroun won with 201,000 votes, over the SPLM candidate’s 194,000. The ruling northern party also won more seats than the SPLM in the legislative assembly. Read More »
In September 2010, the Obama administration presented a package of incentives to the Government of Sudan in exchange for progress on the full implementation the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, credible and peaceful referenda on southern secession and the future of Abyei, an agreement on post-referendum arrangements, and the resolution of the Darfur conflict through a peace agreement that is credibly implemented. In “No Rush to Reward Khartoum," Save Darfur Coalition/Genocide Intervention Network examine the progress thus far. Read More »
Divisions between leading contenders in South Kordofan’s elections are widening in the results period, following what was largely a calm vote in the tense Sudanese border state. The race pitted incumbent governor, NCP-backed alleged war criminal Ahmed Haroun against the SPLM candidate and deputy governor Abdelaziz al-Hilu in a heated contest.
Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier, musician, and activist and I recorded the video (with a cameo by Enough's Joe Enten, AKA 'MoJoe) to drive home the point that while the independence vote in southern Sudan will usher in the world's newest country, the Republic of Southern Sudan faces many challenges. The main reason the referendum was successful was that the world shined a bright light on the situation and made it hard for the spoilers to ruin the moment. We are going to have to keep the focus on the situation there. Read More »