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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.

Testimony of John Prendergast - The Situation in South Sudan

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Testimony of John Prendergast, Co-Founder of Enough Project
Senate Foreign Relations Committee 
The Situation in South Sudan
 
 
Thank you, Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Corker, for the opportunity to testify at this turning point for South Sudan. The full committee's dedicated attention to this issue is very helpful.  This body – including your predecessors Senators Kerry and Lugar – has played a pivotal role in the development of U.S. policy on both Sudans, and it is good that is continuing.   
 
I would like to focus my prepared remarks on the way forward for South Sudan. The U.S.

Daily Beast Op-ed: George Clooney: How to Stop An Inferno in South Sudan

Editor's Note: This op-ed, written by George Clooney, co-founder of Not On Our Watch, and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, together head the Satellite Sentinel Project, originally appeared on the Daily Beast.
 
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.

Google+ Hangout Recap: Technology and Atrocity Prevention in the 21st Century

Last week, the Enough Project participated in a Google+ Hangout hosted by Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab, or DMAP Lab, of the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies.

Situation Report: Expanding War in Sudan Threatens Civilians

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The Satellite Sentinel Project has secured independent evidence of the Sudanese government’s large-scale ongoing offensive against the Sudan Revolutionary Front, or SRF. DigitalGlobe analysts’ review of troop disposition over key garrisons across Sudan confirms the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, have forward deployed across the country and are positioned for attack. On November 17, 2013, DigitalGlobe satellites confirmed fighting in the Abu Zabad area. Ground sources report that Abu Zabad’s proximity to a major east-west railway line makes it a strategic juncture for supply lines. This satellite imagery shows clear evidence of destruction from active hostilities and craters from aerial bombardment in the town.

Clooney: Sudan Offensive Caught by Satellites, Civilians Now in Danger

New DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and analysis confirms the military buildup and the destructive impact of a large-scale Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, offensive against the Sudan Revolutionary Front, or SRF. Satellite imagery of the strategically important West Kordofan town of Abu Zabad confirms its aerial bombardment and provides a snapshot of the hostilities. In late October 2013, the Satellite Sentinel Project issued a human security warning based on increased activity at Sudanese military installations.

Satellite Imagery Confirms Sudan Offensive, Civilians in Danger

New DigitalGlobe imagery confirms military buildup and the destructive impact of a large- scale Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, offensive against the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front,or SRF, earlier this month.

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