Understanding the Crisis in Abyei


Recent reports from our Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) and Enough’s field researchers on the ground in Sudan provide visual evidence that the Government of Sudan has committed war crimes in the disputed border region of Abyei. The totality of evidence points to state-sponsored ethnic cleansing, and may represent crimes against humanity.

More than 60,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in terror, and are now suffering without access to food, water and shelter.

These latest attacks threaten to disrupt the forthcoming July 9 separation of South Sudan from North Sudan, and could be the beginning of another civil war.

Timeline of Events in Abyei

Photographs of Recent Violence, Looting, and the Aftermath

Click on the photos below to view slideshows on Flickr.

Slideshow: Abyei Invasion Aftermath

Slideshow: Fleeing Abyei

Slideshow: Looting and Burning in Abyei town

Slideshow: Deliberate Destruction of Banton Bridge

Satellite Sentinel Project Latest Reports

Our Satellite Sentinel Project—produced in partnership with Not On Our Watch, UNOSAT, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Digital Globe --combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google’s Map Maker to deter the resumption of full-scale war between North and South Sudan.

Burned to the Ground: Evidence of Potential War Crimes and the Intentional Destruction of Abyei Town by the Government of Sudan
May 28, 2011

Looting Abyei: Ground and Satellite Corroboration
May 26, 2011

Visit Satellite Sentinel Project  to read all reports.

Read more about  the Crisis

George Clooney and John Prendergast’s latest op/ed in the Washington Post: "Dancing with a Dictator in Sudan"

Abyei Crisis: Scenes from Agok

Douglas Johnson's Report "Abyei: Sudan's West Bank"

Take Action

Along with our partners in the Sudan Now campaign, we’re calling on President Obama to take further, bolder action in Sudan.

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