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JUBA, South Sudan -- Except for a few early risers, Yida refugee camp in Unity State, South Sudan was sleeping when an unlikely assortment of people headed north to the border with Sudan and over into the embattled Nuba Mountains. In the front seat of the ragged Land Cruiser sat Not On Our Watch board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, and a handful of human rights researchers.
The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has released imagery showing that the Government of Sudan appears ready to launch a massive military drive aimed at the rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in the Blue Nile border area.
This post was written by guest blogger, Hannah Weitzman.
Today, Nuba Reports launched a new film, The Bombing Campaign, as part its ongoing movement to bring the relentless bombings in the Nuba Mountains to the attention of the global community. The film, The Bombing Campaign, offers a compelling visualof the extent to which lives are at stake due to the reckless bombings in the region.
The Satellite Sentinel Project has secured independent confirmation of the aerial bombardment of a Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) military installation in Jau town in South Sudan’s Unity State (Figure 1). The South Sudanese army’s continued occupation of Jau, which is located within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) straddling the two countries’contested border, is a violation of the two countries’ recent recommitmentto abide by security arrangements. Jau has been the subject of territorial dispute and the site of previous clashes between the two countries’ armed forces in December 2011 and February 2012. Not withstanding South Sudan’s current non-compliance with its agreement to demilitarize its border areas, the Sudanese government’s aerial bombardment of Jau, now confirmed by the Satellite Sentinel Project, is an illegal use of force under international law.
DigitalGlobe imagery indicates that Sudan has acquired at least three Su-24 (“Fencer”) supersonic precision bomber aircraft in recent months. Theoperational range of the Fencer is a little more than 600 kilometers, whichwould allow targeted air strikes from their current position in Wadi Seidnamilitary air base into parts of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.(See Figure 1 for graphic on operational range.) The Fencer can also carry twoexternal fuel pods that would extend the range and loiter time over a targetarea. The acquisition of aircraft with precision targeting capability could signala change from rolling crude bombs out the door of an AN-24/26 transport toconducting targeted strikes.
This op-ed originally appeared on The Daily Beast.
Despite the narrative from diplomats and journalists that Sudan’s civil war is mostly over, Janjaweed gunmen are still terrorizing the region. This time, no one’s paying attention.
The Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, is now using elephant poaching as a means to sustain itself. LRA leader Joseph Kony—wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity—has ordered his fighters to bring him elephant tusks.Eyewitnesses report that the LRA trades tusks for much-needed resources such as food, weapons and ammunition, and other supplies.