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The African Union's chance to support peace in the Sudans

Editor's Note: This op-ed originally appeared on Global Post.

ABYEI,Sudan — In December I traveled to Abyei,a disputed resource-rich region straddling the ill-defined border between Sudan and South Sudan. For more than four decades,Abyei has been a flashpoint of conflict between the two countries and as long as its final status remains unresolved,violent outbursts will devastate local communities and the threat of war will loom large over the Sudans.

New Enough Report: Resolving the Abyei Crisis

Posted by Lexi Britton

Today, the Enough Project released a report calling for the resolution of the dispute over Abyei, a resource-rich region straddling South Sudan and Sudan. After the Enough Project traveled to the region and conducted interviews with member of Abyei’s two communities in December 2012, the urgency of resolving the disputed territory’s status and subsequently preventing violence during this year’s dry season became even more apparent.

This video filmed during the field visit captures the sentiments of the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities:

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

Posted by Niccole Rivero

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.

‘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.”

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.

‘Across the Frontlines’ Film: Giving Voice to the Victims in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

Guest blog by Mark Hackett, Operation Broken Silence

Editor's Note: The advocacy group Operation Broken Silence released a documentary this week shot in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. Producer Mark Hackett wrote this guest blog post about his visit to the war-torn region and why OBS decided to make a film.

Right now, the situation in Sudan’s besieged Nuba Mountains is worsening by the day.

New Satellite Sentinel Project Imagery: Explosions in Khartoum

Yarmouk Military Base, Khartoum, Sudan

The Satellite Sentinel Project acquired imagery of the explosion that rocked Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, just after midnight on October 24, 2012. Though the source of the explosion and fire were not immediately apparent, expert analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery shows evidence to indicate that the explosions were in fact the result of aerial bombardment. 

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