Satellites Show Scorched Earth in South Sudan’s Unity State

As South Sudanese combatants signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa on Thursday, January 23, new images from the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, confirmed the systematic and intentional destruction of civilian homes in the town of Bentiu and across other parts of Unity state. 
 
DigitalGlobe images of Bentiu, Rubkona, Mayom, Khor Bwow,  and small villages along the road between Bentiu and Mayom show widespread destruction of civilian residences. Almost 400 dwellings were torched near Khor Bwow. Several neighborhoods in Bentiu were completely destroyed.

Satellites Show Scorched Earth in South Sudan's Unity State

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As South Sudanese combatants signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa on Thursday, January 23, new images from the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, confirmed the systematic and intentional destruction of civilian homes in the town of Bentiu and across other parts of Unity state.  DigitalGlobe images of Bentiu, Mayom, and Khor Bwow and small villages along the road between Bentiy and Mayom all document widespread destruction.
 
Satellite photographs from January 19 of Khor Bwow, a small riverbed area northeast of Bentiu, show 399 torched dwellings believed to have been used for shelter by pastoral groups with herds of livestock.

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U.S. Senate Hearing on the Situation in South Sudan

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations convened to hear testimony from panel experts and discuss the role of the United States in the, “Situation in South Sudan.” Panel experts included the Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, the Honorable Nancy Lindborg, the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, the Honorable Princeton Lyman, former Special Envoy for Sudan, Mr. John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, and the Honorable Kate Almquist Knopf, Adjunct Faculty at the National Defense University.

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The world’s youngest country, a mere two and a half years old, now stands on the precipice of a new civil war which threatens to hurl South Sudan back into the violence from which it just emerged.

Op-ed: Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan

Editor's Note: Sudan and South Sudan policy analyst Akshaya Kumar's op-ed originally appeared on the Daily Beast.
 
At the end of October, I wrote about how the Satellite Sentinel Project observed ominous troop movements that warned against an impending attack on civilians in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. Since then, the Sudanese government has launched a multi-front military campaign in the area. At the same time, it has escalated the tempo of aerial bombardment and resumed its scorched earth campaign against civilians.

Sudan: Towns Bombed and Homes Torched in South Kordofan

New DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and analysis confirms the latest campaign of large-scale aerial bombardments and ground attacks in South Kordofan, Sudan.  Satellite imagery of destruction, including bomb craters and burned dwellings in Buram and Dilling counties, reveals the aftermath of clashes between Sudanese government and rebel forces in late November.  
 
In Buram county, DigitalGlobe imagery shows evidence of craters that appeared between November 13 and 19, 2013 in the village of Tanasa.  Craters that appeared in nearby Reka are consistent with aerial bombardment and are about 6.5 meters, or 21 feet, in diameter.

Up in Flames: Towns Bombed and Homes Torched in South Kordofan

Thousands of vulnerable civilians in Sudan’s South Kordofan state are fleeing as a wave of aerial bombardments and a series of ground attacks sweep Buram and Dilling counties. Clashes between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, or SRF, rebel coalition have recently intensified in the area, and South Kordofan Governor Adam Al-Faki has vowed to conduct a “comprehensive cleanup campaign” against the rebels.

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