Sudan and South Sudan

South Sudan Hill Briefing Recap

L to R: Geoffrey L. Duke, Hans Rouw, and Akshaya Kumar

On February 7, there was a South Sudan briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest developments from the ground, analysis on the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, and concrete policy recommendations.  Read More »

South Sudanese Sing for Peace

South Sudanese man on nation's first anniversary (Tim Freccia/Enough Project)

A group of South Sudanese artists have emerged as conflict broils in the world’s youngest country. These young artists are spreading messages about peace and reconciliation using their most powerful tool – their voice.  Read More »

Omaze Winners Hit the Red Carpet with George Clooney

George Clooney with Jean Allen and daughter Victoria

Last night, the lucky winners of the Omaze experience hit the red carpet for the premiere of Monuments Men and Satellite Sentinel Project Co- Founder George Clooney.   Read More »

Why Are South Sudanese Soldiers Carrying Bright Blue Children's Backpacks?

 Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers wearing looted UNICEF children's

Incongruous images showing soldiers wearing bright blue backpacks with the UNICEF logo front and center have been emerging from South Sudan.  Read More »

South Sudan: Satellites Show Homes Aflame in Opposition Leader's Hometown

New DigitalGlobe satellite images acquired on February 2, 2014 confirm at least one violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed by South Sudan's combatant forces less than two weeks ago.  Read More »

Sudan Hosts First-Ever Film Festival

Sudan International Film Festival , or SIFF logo

The first ever Sudan International Film Festival , or SIFF, took place this past week in Khartoum. Bringing together filmmakers, artists, and audiences, the festival celebrated independent and alternative filmmaking.   Read More »

Report: Forgotten Wars: Sudan's Periphery Smolders as Focus Turns to South Sudan

Displaced refugees look out in South Sudan

Since December, international attention and focus has shifted to South Sudan as violence and a rising humanitarian crisis intensifies in the world’s newest nation.  In the north, escalating violence, displacement, and new political developments in the areas along Sudan’s periphery—Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile—are going largely unnoticed.  Read More »

Sudan's Periphery Smolders as Focus Turns to South Sudan

Date: 
Jan 30, 2014

Enough Project Press Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  12:01am EST, January 30, 2014
 
Contact: Carine Umuhumuza, cumuhumuza@enoughproject.org, 202-478-5314
 
WASHINGTON — As South Sudan faces its worst violence since independence, a new Enough Project report urges policymakers to remain vigilant about new developments in Sudan, as armed conflict worsens in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile regions and risks going unnoticed.  Senior Enough Project Advisor Omer Ismail and Enough Project Editor/Researcher Jacinth Planer's new report “Forgotten Wars: Sudan’s Periphery Smolders with Focus on South Sudan,” cautions policymakers against a potential binary perspective on conflict in the two Sudans, with the potential for conflict in one area to draw focus from deteriorating conditions elsewhere.
 
Amid escalating violence across South Sudan, to the north, South Kordofan has seen its highest number of bombings and civilian casualties in two years. Air strikes in Blue Nile state have increased in scale and deadliness with the use of new tactics and military equipment. Some 200,000 people are displaced from South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and in 2013 alone over 400,000 Darfuri people were displaced from their homes with heavy air strikes. As the numbers of displaced South Sudanese soar, so too are numbers of those displaced from conflict zones in Sudan. Humanitarian conditions are deteriorating rapidly for large numbers of displaced people who are stranded, with limited access to humanitarian aid, and flanked by violence on multiple sides, leaving them especially vulnerable.
 
Omer Ismail, Enough Project Advisor and co-author of the report, said:

“Civilians fleeing violence are vulnerable and caught between expanding war zones between Sudan and South Sudan. A disconnected perspective on one area—to the exclusion of others—cannot work. Core drivers of violence must be addressed in both countries, or the wars will continue with dangerous and destabilizing consequences.”
 
Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar, said:
 
"Maintaining focus on both Sudan and South Sudan at the same time  remains essential. South Sudan has signed a cessation of hostilities and Sudan's President Bashir has spoken of peace talks with rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. There may be signs of hope, but the hardest diplomacy is ahead. Both countries merit more sustained attention."

John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-Founder, said:
 
"Ground attacks have been similarly violent in South Sudan and across the border, but the difference in Sudan is the aerial terror sown by the Sudanese Air Forces. As parties in South Sudan negotiate and monitor ceasefire agreements, our new report highlights a major government offensive in the Nuba Mountains."
 
Read the report, “Forgotten Wars: Sudan’s Periphery Smolders with Focus on South Sudan": http://www.enoughproject.org/files/ForgottenWars.pdf

Forgotten Wars: Sudan’s Periphery Smolders with Focus on South Sudan

Escalating violence, displacement, and new political developments in the areas along Sudan’s periphery—Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile—are going largely unnoticed as international attention focuses on violence in South Sudan.

[PHOTOS] Four Images of Scorched Earth in South Sudan from the Sky

While combatants signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa yesterday, devastation caused by the conflict, which began in December 2013, continues to be uncovered.   Read More »

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