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This op-ed was originally published by USA Today, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
The only activity in the hospital compound in Bor, South Sudan, these days is the dozens of vultures circling overhead. In mid-January, rebel forces swept into the Bor hospital, killing everyone that could not escape. Underscoring its crime, the group collected and burned the bodies of its victims. All that remains are bloodstained shoes, charred medicine vials, and overturned wheelchairs. Scorched patches of earth show where people were set on fire. When local residents are asked who was responsible, the answer is always the same: child soldiers of a militia called the White Army.
New Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) imagery shows more than 535 huts in and around Malakal have been destroyed in recent clashes, in direct violation the January cessation of hostilities agreement between South Sudan's combatant forces (Figure 1, above) DigitalGlobe’s analysis confirms that at least 57 huts in a residential area of town were destroyed, likely as a result of renewed fighting between the South Sudanese army and the armed opposition. (follow the link for Figure 2) The destruction of another 77 huts in Malakal's market area is evident in imagery collected on February 17, and 40 percent of market stalls are visibly destroyed or severely damaged. (follow the link for Figure 3) More than 400 huts were destroyed in the east of the city.
"Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is under an international arrest warrant for the bloodshed in Darfur, flew to Tripoli on Wednesday for talks with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on the conflict."
"Officials from the U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan are in talks with South Darfur's government, which is demanding the force hand over six Darfuris it is sheltering."
"The UN Security Council extended the stay of peacekeepers in Sudan's western Darfur region by another year on Friday, telling the force to focus primarily on protecting civilians and aid deliveries."
"President Omar al-Bashir's party has said the referendum on whether south Sudan should secede cannot take place until the internal border is decided."
"Three people were killed Wednesday during a gun battle between supporters of rival rebel groups in a camp for displaced people in west Darfur, a UN spokesman said Thursday."