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June 27, 2011

By Evans Arabu, a geographic specialist at Google, cross-posted from Google's Africa blog.

Following the historic referendum in Southern Sudan, Google, The World Bank, UNOSAT, RCMRD and Satellite Sentinel are co-hosting an event in Nairobi, Kenya on June 30...

June 24, 2011

In the wake of impotent response from U.N. peacekeepers to the Sudan Armed Forces bombing and storming of Abyei last month, sending tens of thousands of civilians fleeing, optimism in reaction to the latest Abyei agreement was measured. While international leaders and diplomats tried to sound upbeat, congratulating the northern and southern governments for “taking this step toward peace,” people from the displaced communities voiced heavy skepticism about this new paper agreement....

June 23, 2011

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.

Al Jazeera English featured a story on SSP on June 17, 2011: (source)

"The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), which monitors Sudan, says...

June 23, 2011

Nearly three weeks into intense fighting in the Sudanese border state of South Kordofan the Sudanese government appears intent, in the face of international condemnation, to add to the already long list of serious international law violations that reports say its forces are committing on the ground.  

The latest OCHA report on the situation in South Kordofan noted that the security situation in and around the capital of Kadugli and across the state has largely calmed in the last two...

June 16, 2011

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.

Noteworthy Tweets:

@JaredCohen RT 6/8: @SudanSentinel:@jaredcohen How...

June 16, 2011

This post originally appeared on the security blog at Think Progress.

Achol’s face and neck were dotted with white burns from the sparks of a cluster bomb. Her daughter, one-year-old Nyibach, suffered from the same painful sores. Achol’s family, which includes four other children who went missing in the chaos of the recent attack, is from Abyei, the hotly contested region on Sudan’s North-South border.

Deploying Antonov planes and fighter jets, ground troops...

June 10, 2011

The U.N. human rights office today reported that “extremely worrying” attacks on civilians and indiscriminant shelling are taking place in Southern Kordofan. Civilian deaths and injuries in the towns of Talodi and Um Durein have been confirmed while house-to-house searches near Kadugli, and attacks on both displaced people seeking refuge and civilians returning home for provisions have been reported. The U.N. also reported that “fighting forces” have erected roadblocks...

June 10, 2011

Intense fighting and violence continue in the volatile border state of Southern Kordofan between the northern army, or SAF, and elements of the southern army, or SPLA. According to the latest account from AFP, U.N. sources observed Antonov bombers and fighter jets flying around the state capital of Kadugli, following the shelling of SPLA positions by the northern army since Tuesday. Witnesses on the ground described northern-affiliated forces taking aggressive measures against civilians and...

June 10, 2011

Amid the chaos of fleeing Abyei as violence erupted late last month, family members often got separated from each other.  In the town of Turalei, at least a two-days’ walk south, the Enough Project’s Tim Freccia met Kuol Monyjei, who was facing the frightening uncertainty of not being able to reach his wife, mother, and two-year-old son.

Kuol Monyjei had been working as a medical assistant for the aid organization GOAL in Agok. When the Sudan Armed Forces invaded Abyei, Monyjei sent his family to Turalei, uncertain of how far south the northern army would advance....

June 2, 2011

JUBA, South Sudan -- As I walked into Bentiu’s state hospital last week, I expected it to be overcrowded with wounded civilians who had fled the most recent onslaught between the SPLA and Peter Gadet’s forces in Mankien. But I could not find one such person. Instead it was bustling with soldiers getting their battle-scars dressed. “No person without an SPLA uniform is allowed to escape Mayom,” said one man, referring to a western county in Sudan’s Unity state where militia fighting has been rampant.  “There are no civilians in Mayom...

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