How to Deal with Sudan’s Top Brass?

Posted by Niccole Rivero

There’s broad consensus among Sudan watchers that the country is in crisis, emanating from the 23-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. The question is: What to do? The Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS, hosted a panel discussion in D.C. last week about the ongoing crisis in Sudan, moderated by Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow of the CSIS Africa Program, and featuring EJ Hogendoorn, Africa deputy program director at International Crisis Group, and Omer Ismail, Enough Project’s Sudan Advisor. The panelists’ diverging views sparked a lively discussion over the future of Sudan and the most effective paths to move the country forward.

Sudan Caucus Briefing: Crisis in the Nuba Mountains

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The Sudan Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives convened for a briefing on the escalating crisis in the Nuba Mountains last week. One of several ongoing conflicts in Sudan, systematic violence in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states targets civilians and is perpetrated by rebels groups and government forces.

Scorched Earth Near Dilling (Imagery)

Scorched Earth Near Dilling

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November 26 and 27 DigitalGlobe satellite imagery indicates that a campaign of serial arson and starvation warfare by the government of Sudan has systematically destroyed a total of at least 26 Nuba villages, as well as food crops and grasslands for grazing cattle across approximately 54 square miles (140 square kilometers) in three areas of the war-torn Sudanese border state of South Kordofan.

Northwest of Dilling, the latest satellite imagery released by SSP reveals deliberate fire damage and destruction to farms and villages in an area of at least 23 square miles (60 square kilometers).

‘Crime Against Humanity’: Sudan Burns 26 Nuban Villages Across 54 Square Miles

Burned Huts in South Kordofan

"Razing a village is a war crime, and the torching of now at least 26 Nuban villages, plus the systematic destruction of crops and grasslands for cattle, is a crime against humanity,” said George Clooney, Co-founder of Satellite Sentinel Project. “What we’re seeing here is a widespread campaign of village and crop burning.”

‘Crime Against Humanity’: Satellite Sentinel Project Documents Sudan’s Burning of 26 Nuban Villages Across 54 Square Miles

WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released new DigitalGlobe imagery confirming reports that in November the government of Sudan engaged in scorched-earth warfare in the war-torn Sudanese border state of South Kordofan.

Thirteen Villages Burned in Sudan

Thirteen villages were deliberately burned across a 30-square mile area in the Nuba Mountains between November 17 and November 22, 2012, according to a new Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, report.

The DigitalGlobe imagery, which is available in full resolution on Flickr, confirms media reports of the attacks, which Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi attributed to militia aligned with the government of Sudan’s National Congress Party.

Situation Report: Scorched Earth Near al Abassiya

Scorched Earth

Thirteen villages and approximately 31 square miles (82 square kilometers) of fields and forests to the southwest of the town of al Abassiya in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan, were deliberately burned, as observed on DigitalGlobe satellite imagery collected on November 26, 2012. This is consistent with the incidents reported on Sudan Radio Service, which stated, “SPLM-N spokesman Arnu Ngutulu said militia believed to belong to the National Congress Party burned 13 villages in Abasiya locality by bombing and destroying farms.”

Satellite Imagery Confirms 13 Burned Villages in South Kordofan, Sudan

WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released a situation report, “Scorched Earth Near al Abassiya,” with DigitalGlobe sa

Scorched Earth Near al Abassiya (Imagery)

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Thirteen villages and approximately 31 square miles (82 square kilometers) of fields and forests to the southwest of the town of al Abassiya in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan, were deliberately burned, as observed on DigitalGlobe satellite imagery collected on November 26, 2012.

Two distinct areas of burned grassland and forest were observed about six and 12 miles (10 and 20 Km), respectively, southwest of al Abassiya town and due west of al Hoi village. The villages of Fadila and Shuqaya suffered considerable damage to residential structures (tukuls) and tarpaulin-covered structures.

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