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Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by watching on Tue Jan 01 2013, 11:16

Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

December 31, 2012 (KHARTOUM)
More than a million Sudanese currently live in constant fear of bombing and artillery attacks in the country’s rebel-held territories, an aid organisation linked to one of Sudan’s main rebel groups said in a report published on 30 December.

Girls sit in front of their shelter in Bram village in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan April 28, 2012. (Reuters)
The report, compiled by the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SRRA), paints a horrifying picture of the fate of more than one million Sudanese reportedly living in the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Established in June 2011, the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SRRA) serves as the humanitarian arm of the Sudan People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), leading all humanitarian interventions in areas controlled by the rebel group.

The agency describes the report as its first definitive assessment of the situation in the ’Two Areas’ since the SPLM-N began fighting the Sudanese government in June 2011 in South Kordofan and in Blue Nile began just over two months later.

Under the 2005 peace deal that led to South Sudan’s secession in July 2011, Blue Nile and South Kordofan - where many had fought with the southern rebels against the Khartoum government - were given special dispensation and their own accord within the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

However, the elements of the CPA regarding the "Two Areas" were not fully implemented before South Sudan’s secession and the Sudan Armed Forces demanded that the northern sector of the SPLM - now the SPLM-N - disarm or move south of the new international border.

Over 200,000 people have been displaced into South Sudan and Ethiopia by the conflict but many remain in the conflict-affected areas. There have been attempts by the United Nations, African Union and Arab League to negotiate between the two sides in order to allow humanitarian access to rebel-controlled areas but so far no international aid has been allowed to enter.

The report says there are 515.707 civilians who reside in the rebel controlled area in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states

79.550 IDPs are in the rebel territory in Blue Nile where the total of civilians is 98.003 people,. In South Kordofan the number of IDPs in the SPLM-N areas reached 436.157 people while the total of civilians in its controlled zones is 995.200.

The report, according to Philip Neroun, the Director of the SRRA seeks to give a better understanding of the conflict in the Two Areas.

“The ultimate objective of this report is to generate awareness and responses within the national, regional and international communities about the dire humanitarian situation to ensure that humanitarian access to the ’Two Areas’ is granted by the Government of Sudan with immediate effect,” Neroun told Sudan Tribune by phone from Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

“The Government of Sudan is impeding humanitarian access to its citizens in need. And many lives are at risk”, he added.

In Blue Nile’s Wadaka payam [district], the reports claims that about 1,205 people, half of them children, have starved to death.

According to the report, 959 bombs were reportedly dropped on Southern Kordofan, between June and the end of December 201, killing about 101 civilians and injuring 189 persons, the majority of whom were children and women.

“This record is just a partial glimpse of the overall picture across Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states,” the report adds.

Meanwhile, the rebel-linked-agency says it is “deeply” concerned about the suffering of the citizens who are the main victims of the conflict and their immediate humanitarian needs, as well as the long-term disruption of their socio-economic development.

The health sector, for instance, reportedly faces serious challenges, with the report citing a serious shortages of drugs and medical supplies, lack of immunization programmes, few qualified health cadres, especially medical doctors and poor health information and surveillance systems.

The Sudanese government has, on several occasions, consistently refused to allow aid agencies access to civilians in rebel-held areas, while talks mediated by the African Union have failed to persuade his administration. Khartoum believes as in previous Sudanese conflicts aid and humanitarian assistance will also be used to provide the rebels with supplies.

In February 2012, the United Nations, the African Union and the League of Arab states presented a tripartite proposal for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to war-affected civilians in the two border states.

However, while the SPLM-N accepted the proposal, without preconditions, the Sudanese government rejected the decision, giving several preconditions in order for the proposal to be realised.

In April 2012, however, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) called for the parties to accept the proposal and enter negotiations under meditation Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) - an East African regional body - based on the Framework Agreement agreed in August 2011.

Khartoum ripped up the framework deal that could have stopped the conflict spreading to Blue Nile and perhaps paved the way for the resolution of the fighting South Kordofan. However, hardliners in Khartoum were unhappy that the Framework Agreement recognised the SPLM-N as a legitimate political party.

The SPLM-N, in November 2011, formed a coalition with the three main Darfur rebel groups and have since maintained that they will only negotiate with the government as a bloc rather than as individual movements.

However, in May 2012 the UN Security Council (UNSC) endorsed the African Union Peace and Security Council’s proposal that the August 2011 Framework Agreement should form the basis of resolving the conflict and providing humanitarian assistance to those in SPLM-N areas.

The Sudanese government indicated its acceptance of the tripartite proposal in June, five months after the SPLM-N but still the agreement has not been implemented much to the ire of the movement’s leadership, who blame Khartoum for creating a deliberate impasse.

“The international community must urgently answer the scale of the suffering to ensure the faithful implementation of the Tripartite Initiative and the UN Security Council Resolution 2046 by the Government of Sudan,” said the SRRA Director.

An estimated 520,000 people, according to a recent UN report, have been displaced or severely affected by conflict in South Kordofan besides some 205,000 refugees from South Kordofan and Blue Nile, who are now in South Sudan and Ethiopia.

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Re: Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by melbert on Tue Jan 01 2013, 14:54

Just so sad. Thanks Watching.

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Re: Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jan 01 2013, 15:17

Terrible. Similar report last night on BBC World News at about 2 a m. Made for very sobering viewing.............would just really really like it if the International Criminal Court could find the time, and move rather more quickly to bring those in power in Khartoum to justice - and maybe a good start would be to freeze the Swiss bank accounts they allegedly hold.........

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Re: Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by Atalante on Tue Jan 01 2013, 17:57

Very Happy Yes the ICC, ... LINK still hasn't got a facebookpage, now if they had one, ... warning you could kick their ass a wee bit more ! bump They have got a youtubepage and a twitteraccount but hey that's not sufficient ! No

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Post by OofOof on Tue Jan 01 2013, 18:08

So are these two ares under Khartoum's control or the rebels' control or are they in a no man's land?

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Post by Atalante on Tue Jan 01 2013, 18:13

Not relevant at all !

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jan 01 2013, 18:45

It would appear that their Twitter page only shows their own Tweets, the last of which are no fewer that 17 telling the world they've acquitted Ngudjolo Chui, a Congolese colonel accused of crimes against humanity, much to the dismay of many. John Prendergast must be despairing.

Oh, and this is only the SECOND case they've brought to court, since their inception ten years ago................

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Post by OofOof on Tue Jan 01 2013, 18:48

Excuse me but it is relevant. Obviously it does matter to the hundreds of thousands of people who live in the area being bombed. My question was which gov't claims this area. It is relevant to the situation since the dispute between the two sides is causing the people who live there great suffering.

As far as the international court doing anything, good luck with that. Frankly, if we are talking "irrelevance" here Atlante, I would suggest to you they are sadly irrelevant! They have little or no power to do anything with the exception of freezing assets which they have not done up to now.

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Re: Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by Atalante on Tue Jan 01 2013, 18:55

LINK Three warrants of arrest for Bashir and yes still nothing has been done.

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Re: Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jan 01 2013, 19:02

Oofoof, to answer your question, what seems to be happening is the Sudanese Government are bombing their own people, (that is apart from those they've already killed in what is now South Sudan.

The Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas are very close to South Sudan (that's relatively speaking! Massive country) and on his last trip there, GC managed to get through to that part of the country, tho obviously strictly off limits. There's lots here about what he saw and told the world about from there, and he managed to visit a guy called Ryan Boyette, who's married a local girl and lives there reporting back to the rest of the world whenever he can. To put in a nutshell large numbers of people are living and or hiding in caves to avoid being bombed by Russian planes bought by the Sudan Government

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Post by Atalante on Tue Jan 01 2013, 19:20

LINK to Ryan Boyette's facebookpage ! bounce

And an old article : LINK

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Re: Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by Joanna on Tue Jan 01 2013, 19:53

I believe it's all down to bloody oil again ?
People don't matter, but oil does....to those rulers.
They want the black Muslims out and the Arabs in.

It's just so heartbreaking.

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Re: Sudan: Over one million people under attack from government, says report

Post by cindigirl on Tue Jan 01 2013, 20:03

Old video of George in the Nuba Mountain area:


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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Jan 01 2013, 20:05

Ype, Jo. I agree. But it's kind of worse in a way, but almost to be expected, because China seems to be heavily involved in the oil fields, having got the rights to drill in return for supplying el Bashir with the odd tank or two.

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