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With conflict flaring in several regions of Sudan and a political showdown with South Sudan over oil threatening to spur an even more severe economic downturn, is Sudan’s Arab Spring in the making?
Without a broader movement to back them up, the young activists who are mobilizing in the streets and on campuses face serious risks, without knowing if their sacrifices will spark the changes they seek. Girifna, one group at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, has seen all too clearly the perils of challenging the status quo and contending with Sudan’s nefarious intelligence and security apparatus, known as NISS.
The commission monitoring the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, or DDPD, convened its second meeting in El Fasher, Darfur last month. But some separate statements by prominent Darfuri leaders who aren’t part of the Doha process highlight the need for a forthright assessment of what the DDPD can tangibly accomplish in terms of security and lasting peace in Darfur.
Last week, Russian Antonov planes bombed the Heiban Bible College in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan. Fox News covered the incident through an interview with Reverend Franklin Graham, president of the Christian evangelical group Samaritan’s Purse.
The long-standing Lou Nuer-Murle feud in Jonglei state claimed the lives of a large number of civilians when some 6,000 Lou Nuer youth attacked the rival Murle in Pibor town at the end of December and early January. United Nations officials in the country cannot provide the exact number of people killed, but the U.N. estimates that 140,000 people were affected by the violence.
Some 70 Murle and 88 Lou Nuer are housed at the Juba Teaching Hospital, undergoing treatement. These patients, among the most severely injured, are a stark reminder of the challenges the new South Sudanese nation faces.