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This op-ed, written by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, originally appeared on the Daily Beast.
The world’s youngest country, a mere two and a half years old, now stands on the precipice of a new civil war which threatens to hurl South Sudan back into the violence from which it just emerged. For the South Sudanese who fought and suffered so dearly for their independence, and for those around the world who supported the new state, this development is tragic and disappointing, but it is hardly surprising or without vast precedent.
New DigitalGlobe imagery confirms military buildup and the destructive impact of a large- scaleSudan Armed Forces, or SAF, offensive against the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front,or SRF, earlier this month. A new Satellite Sentinel Project report, “Situation Report: Expanding War in Sudan Threatens Civilians,” reveals a snapshot of the hostilities of the campaign, announced earlier this month by Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein,promisingto “stop until we crush them”.
"The commission organizing Southern Sudan’s referendum on independence set for Jan. 9 plans to start registering voters next month, a spokesman for the body said."
"US President Barack Obama will attend a UN-organized summit on Sudan on the margins of the UN General Assembly on September 24, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Wednesday."
"South Sudan's parliament on Tuesday named as official leader of the opposition a member of the breakaway Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Democratic Change, an offshoot from the ruling SPLM party."
"Clashes in a refugee camp in Sudan's restive Darfur region left six people dead, U.N.-African Union peacekeepers said Saturday, days after violence elsewhere in the area claimed the lives of at least 37 people dead."
"The referendum commission in Sudan has unanimously agreed on who should take up the key position of secretary-general of the body."