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WASHINGTON – The Enough Project condemned the Government of Sudan for breaking its own ceasefire in the troubled Nuba Mountain region of South Kordofan State.
“It took the Khartoum regime less than 48 hours to violate its own ceasefire pledge, adding to its long list of unimplemented agreements,” said John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project. “Just as in Darfur, this regime intends to militarily destroy any opposition in South Kordofan, and will commit the most heinous war crimes – such as the bombing of civilian targets and the denial of emergency aid – to achieve its objective.”
Reliable sources in the town of Kauda in South Kordofan State told the Enough Project that they identified a Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Antonov bomber flying south this morning in the direction of the town of Ungarto. Then they heard heavy shelling and aerial bombardment around Ungarto, which SAF soldiers reportedly took this morning.
The renewed fighting constitutes a breach of the two-week ceasefire that Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir unilaterally announced on Tuesday, August 23. SAF has been shelling and aerially bombarding civilians and elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – North in South Kordofan since June.
Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit https://enoughproject.org/.