For close to two years now a human rights and humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, along the border with the newly independent nation of South Sudan. While the crisis has rarely captured much media or political attention; it certainly needs to. Sudanese military forces have unleashed a relentless campaign of indiscriminate military attacks in the area which have killed and injured countless civilians and terrorized the entire population. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Some have fled to isolated refugee camps in South Sudan while many have remained displaced within Sudan, still in great peril. Food supplies are now exhausted because people spend so much time running and hiding from the unceasing rain of bombs from Antonov aircraft that they can no longer plant and cultivate crops. At the same time Sudan has banned UN agencies and aid groups from distributing food in the area. Between the bombs and the hunger, the suffering mounts every day. Amnesty International has been researching, documenting and campaigning for action to address this crisis since 2011. In January 2013 I was part of an Amnesty International mission that carried out research in South Sudan’s refugee camps and in villages and displacement sites throughout Southern Kordofan. It was grim. It was also inspiring to meet determined survivors and committed activists who are doing what they can to expose what is happening in their communities. Support from the Sisters of St. Joseph makes this work possible. These three blog postings, written while I was in the field, give a sense of the gravity of what is happening and the crucial importance of meaningful international action to bring this crisis come to an end.
I did 3 blogs from the field while on the mission. You can find them all at this link:
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