Satellite Sentinel News Roundup 7/1

Satellite Sentinel Project captures the attention of major media around the world, using satellite imagery and ground-based reporting to focus attention on and promote accountability for mass atrocities in Northern and Southern Sudan. Here is a round-up of recent, select media coverage of SSP.

On Saturday, June 25, Cleveland Plain Dealer, which has the largest circulation of any Ohio newspaper, and is a top 20 newspaper for circulation in the U.S., published an editorial on Sudan, citing the Satellite Sentinel Project's imagery and analysis. (source)

Peace is elusive in suffering Sudan: Pictures of burning villages from the Satellite Sentinel Project, which hopes that broadcasting satellite pictures of Sudanese troop movements will avert the next Sudanese civil war, show just how brutal the assault against the Nuba and others have been. Thousands of civilians have fled their burned and looted homes and ended up in refugee camps, running low on food.

On June 30,The Associated Press distributed an article by Jason Straziuso, "UN says Sudan's army continues attacking civilians" that featured SSP and was picked up by Yahoo! News, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, the Sacramento Bee, MSNBC, and CBS News. (source)

Also on Thursday, a U.S.-based group that monitors violence in Sudan said it has visual evidence to corroborate reports that Sudan has bombed 10 towns and villages in the Nuba Mountains. The Satellite Sentinel Project said its satellite imagery captured four airplanes and five helicopters at Sudan's El Obeid air base. The group said the planes support allegations that Antonov and ground strike fighters are bombing targets in South Kordofan.

"The government of Sudan's bombardment of its own civilian population in the Nuba Mountains is in common with its previous ethnic cleansing campaigns in Darfur and in the disputed border region of Abyei," said John C. Bradshaw of the Enough Project.

On Friday, July 1, the GlobalPost published "More peace, more bombs in Sudan," highlighting that despite the peace deal in Abyei, bombing continues in South Kordofan. (source)

Proof that the attacks are taking place was provided by Hollywood actor George Clooney's Satellite Sentinel project which released a series of satellite images that back up claims of heavy fighting and aerial bombardment in South Kordofan.

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