Peace was declared in Sudan, but war rages virtually unnoticed

Just a few months ago the world was in the midst of the Kony craze – the campaign launched on social media and Youtube to draw attention to the alleged atrocities committed by Ugandan dictator Joseph Kony. A sequel is about to be released, and more press coverage is surely on the way.

The international community, however, haslargely overlooked a war in the southern province of Sudan, a nation familiar with war crimes and brutality. The conflict in the province of South Kordofan, which nearly twice as large as Austria,  began in June of 2011 shortly after elections for governor.

“The governor appointed by the national government in Khartoum, Ahmed Haroun, supposedly won. Haroun is wanted by the International Criminal Court for suspected war crimes.

But no one believed Haroun’s victory, and there was talk of massive electoral fraud. The indisputable leader of the Nuba region is Abdul Aziz, an experienced rebel who fought with the SPLA-North, the Nuba branch of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), in the civil war against the North.

When Aziz’s people refused after the contested election to lay down their weapons and integrate themselves into Khartoum’s army, President Omar al-Bashir banned aid organizations from the region and sent in tanks and planes instead,” writes Horand Knaup in Der Spiegel.

While the US just approved $26 million in emergency aid to cope with approximately 140,000 refugees fleeing the region, entreaties to allow aid organizations into the area have been ignored by the Sudanese government.

 

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