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October 4, 2011

Sudanese government troops remain in the disputed border region of Abyei, in contempt of a deadline agreed to by northern and southern officials that all troops would withdraw from the area by last Friday.

In public remarks, Sudanese officials have been intransigent—and misleading—about why the deadline was not met. As reported by Reuters, army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saeed said:

We are not against a withdrawal but we are waiting for the...

October 3, 2011

The Satellite Sentinel Project is receiving prominent attention from news broadcasters, including National Public Radio and Al Jazeera English.

NPR’s Brooke Gladstone interviewed Enough Project Director of Communications Jonathan Hutson for the October 1 broadcast of “On the Media” to learn more about the project’s human rights monitoring via satellite.

In the 6-minute interview, Hutson spoke about the Enough Project, Harvard...

September 30, 2011

Abyei should remain accessible to humanitarians operating from both Sudan and South Sudan, the U.N. humanitarian coordination office, or OCHA, and former southern minister Luka Biong Deng said recently.

The disputed area, which sits between North and South Sudan, was forcibly taken by the Sudanese army in May while talks aimed at resolving whether the area belongs to the North or the South were still ongoing. The attack displaced most of the area’s population and was followed by the claim, from Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, that...

September 30, 2011

On Sunday, September 25, SSP co-founder George Clooney was featured on the cover of Parade magazine, a publication distributed in over 500 newspapers around the country. When interviewer David Gergen asked Clooney what he thought his legacy might be, Clooney responded by talking about his work with the Enough Project and Satellite Sentinel Project in Sudan and South Sudan. (source)

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September 30, 2011

Last week, the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, reported on what appeared to be mechanized units of the Sudanese Armed Forces, or SAF, pointed toward the rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, analyzed by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, appeared to show SAF forces comprising at least a battalion (3,000 troops), armed with tanks, towed artillery, armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting...

September 27, 2011

George Clooney is used to being the center of attention both onscreen and off. But he has been playing some particularly relevant roles of late—both in the real world and on screen.

In Hollywood he is making a splash with the newest political thriller, “The Ides of March,” which screened at a SSP benefit event last night at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and opens in theaters on October 7. Playing a presidential hopeful in a film released as the U.S....

September 27, 2011

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative prepared this situation report for the Satellite Sentinel Project.

 

On 27 September 2011, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a revised estimate of the number of refugees that have crossed from Sudan’s Blue Nile State into Ethiopia. On 15 September, UNHCR estimated 15,000 people had arrived in Ethiopia. UNHCR now estimates that 25,000 Sudanese have sought refuge in western Ethiopia since Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Government of Sudan-aligned soldiers attacked Damazin on 2 September 2011....

September 23, 2011

Photo from September 10 of fighting positions and a mixed convoy of vehicles (DigitalGlobe)

The Government of Sudan appears ready to launch a massive military drive aimed at the rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in the Blue Nile border area, says a...

September 23, 2011

Within hours of the Satellite Sentinel Project’s warning about a possible pending attack on the town of Kurmuk, there is a report indicating that the U.N. mission and compound of Save the Children were targeted in a government bombing campaign. According to a spokesman for the opposition SPLM-North, quoted by AFP, an Antonov bombed the town, which is under...

September 22, 2011

“The Ides of March,” the new George Clooney-Ryan Gosling political thriller, opens in theaters on October 7. But some of those involved with the film, including George Clooney himself, plan to stir up some pre-release hype to raise funds for some of their favorite nonprofits through a screening next week at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The Satellite Sentinel Project is one of the beneficiaries.

Amid the all-star line-up, the film stars Ryan Gosling and George Clooney, two of Enough’s celebrity...

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