Satellites Show Sudan Armed Forces with Heavy Armor on Road to Rebel Stronghold in Blue Nile State

WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has released imagery showing that 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.

Satellites Show Imminent Threat of SAF Attack in Blue Nile State

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

Sudan: U.N., Aid Group Allegedly Targeted in Blue Nile Bombing

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 SPLA-N control.

‘Ides of March’ Screening to Benefit Satellite Sentinel Project

“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.

Will Japan Rebuild Abyei’s Banton Bridge?

Japan has announced that it will send a 300-member military engineering team to South Sudan as part of a UN humanitarian mission to build bridges and other infrastructure.

Sudan Army’s Withdrawal from Abyei Behind Schedule

Sudan government troops have yet to comply with the first phase of a withdrawal schedule aimed at demilitarizing the disputed Abyei area that sits between Sudan and South Sudan. According to the timeline, signed by Sudanese and South Sudanese government officials two weeks ago, the northern Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, should have withdrawn out of Abyei town by the end of last week. Southern and U.N. sources say that SAF remain in Abyei town.

Opposition Leader: ‘Change is Inevitable’ in Sudan

As violence continues in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, the leader of the group fighting Sudanese government forces in the two border states called for a “holistic, integrated approach” to Sudan’s multiple conflicts.

Sudan: More Evidence of Khartoum’s Targeting of Civilians as New Front Erupts

A new battle zone along Sudan’s volatile border opened last night, with government bombardments and fighting reported from the capital of Blue Nile state. Enough issued a statement this afternoon condemning the assault on Blue Nile, the third region to come under attack by Sudan Armed Forces in the past six months.

Satellite Sentinel News Roundup 9/2

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 Sudan and South Sudan. Here is a round-up of recent, select media coverage of SSP.

The New Yorker posted “Mass Graves and George Clooney,” by Alexis Okeowo, on Tuesday, August 30. (Source)

Sudan: Irrefutable and Nearly Immediate Proof of War Crimes

This opinion piece co-authored by John Bradshaw, executive director of The Enough Project and Charlie Clements, executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, originally appeared on GlobalPost.

The wall of impunity that has long protected war criminals is crumbling. And that process is now accelerating through the use of technology.

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