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Relations between Two Sudans Deteriorate as War Rhetoric Returns

Presidents Bashir and Kiir - Enough - Laura Heaton

Relations between Sudan and South Sudan have sunk to the lowest level since the South declared independence in July 2011. “We tell our brothers in the south that if they want peace, we want peace. If they want war, our army is there,” said Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the Blue Nile capital of Damazine earlier this week in an event to declare the “liberation” of the former rebel stronghold of Kurmuk.

Bashir’s remark about Khartoum’s readiness to return to war is troubling considering the regime’s recent tendency to choose armed force as the method for solving outstanding political disputes.  Read More »

Congratulating Emmanuel Jal on His Common Ground Award

Emmanuel Jal and John Prendergast

Last month, I had the honor of presenting my friend and talented musician Emmanuel Jal with a 2011 Common Ground Award at the annual Search for Common Ground awards ceremony, where he performed his hit song “We Want Peace” that brought the entire crowd to its feet.  Read More »

‘All Because We Are Black’: Asma, Refugee from Sudan, Describes Blue Nile Conflict

Asma with her children in Ethiopia refugee camp - Enough - Amanda Hsiao

“We left our homes with not even a cup like this one,” said Asma, gesturing toward a red plastic cup lying on the dirt ground next to her foot. Sitting on the trunk of a felled tree crowded on all sides by young children in this refugee camp on the border of Sudan, Asma recounted when fighting broke out in her village in Blue Nile state. Her story is part of a series produced from an Enough trip to the Sherkole refugee camp in Ethiopia.  Read More »

Conflict in Blue Nile: Rebel Stronghold Falls to Sudan Army

SAF soldiers in Damazin - AP

Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, have taken control of the stronghold of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North, or SPLA-N, in Kurmuk town, near the Ethiopian border. The Sudanese government has long announced a military offensive to take over the SPLA-N’s main base in Blue Nile state.

Tracking the build-up of heavy weaponry near Kurmuk, the Satellite Sentinel Project has also warned about an imminent attack on the town, stressing that this attack may “result in the use of indiscriminate and disproportionate force” against civilian population, by SAF and affiliated militia groups.  Read More »

Confronting Rebels, South Sudan Faces Key Test

SPLA soldiers - Enough - Laura Heaton

Four months since independence, the South Sudan government is still attempting to exert control over its territory, warning militias are going to intensify attacks in the border states. At a press conference in Juba yesterday, government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin called for United Nations to increase presence of peacekeepers in affected areas to protect civilians.  Read More »

Making Peace in South Sudan, Circa 2011

Our guest contributor has been doing relief and development work in South Sudan since the mid-1980s. He observes that what can be done meaningfully to promote peace changing in tandem with the evolving situation in South Sudan. The current moment, on the heels of the country’s independence, could be one of the most promising opportunities to establish peace among South Sudan’s rival groups, he suggests.  Read More »

Southern Kordofan Bishop Briefs Journalists at U.N.

As the Sudanese government continues to systematically target and attack civilians in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan’s South Kordofan region, the retired Rev. Andudu Adam Elnail who serves as the Anglican bishop of Kadugli, has become a voice of urgency for the region and its people.

On Friday, a day after testifying before an emergency U.S. Congressional hearing, Bishop Andudu gave a press conference at the U.N., organized by Avaaz, Human Rights Watch, and Sudan Now.  Read More »

Discussions in Washington Spotlight Long Road Ahead for South Sudan

There was a myriad of events in Washington last Thursday that focused on South Sudan’s newly-gained independence, all attempting to answer one question: Now what? The lineup of Sudan-focused events included a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, a White House conference call, and panels at the United States Institute of Peace, or USIP, the Society for International Development, and the Heritage Foundation. While the panels and individuals represented different organizations and ends of the political spectrum, they all reached a strikingly similar chord on what was at stake in the two Sudans.  Read More »

Emergency Call-In Day for Sudan

The condemnation expressed by U.S. government officials over the recent violence in Sudan must translate into meaningful action toward those most culpable, to force them to rethink their calculations. Call the White House at 1-800-GENOCIDE and urge Obama to impose consequences against the government of President Bashir.  Read More »

New Report: Peace in Both Sudans

Long before the outbreak of fighting along Sudan’s North-South border broke out last month, partners at Sudan Now were identifying a series of conditions fundamental to lasting peace in the two Sudans and formulating key recommendations for the U.S. government. The dire humanitarian conditions along the border – that show no signs of letting up – provide a devastating illustration of the stakes: “Unless the United States approach toward Sudan changes on multiple fronts, increasing violence in Sudan will become an international conflict that could threaten the wider stability of the region and will continue to cause new levels of human suffering,” Sudan Now said today in a statement announcing the release of a new paper.  Read More »

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