Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of Sudan. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.
Governor of South Kordofan, Ahmed Haroun claims that hundreds of rebels were killed in battles with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in Teludi, South Kordofan. The rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) denied these claims, however, and said they killed many SAF soldiers in the battles and lost only two of their own. Sudan also accused South Sudan of supporting the SPLM-N, which South Sudan denied.
For over a year three Darfuris have been detained by the Sudanese government on charges of ‘waging war against the nation’ and ‘threatening the Constitution’. Abdelrahman Adam, Zakaria Yaqoub and Adam Al Nur were arrested after attending a youth forum and accused of working for Radio Dabanga. According to their defense team, they were supposed to be granted amnesty under both presidential decree and the conditions of the Doha peace agreement but the amnesties have been stalled.
Former South African president and chairman of the African Union, Thabo Mbeki arrived in Khartoum to mediate negotiations between the Sudan and South Sudan on the outstanding issues between them, such as Abyei, border demarcation, and oil revenue. Mbeki said that the two countries have so far made progress in their negotiations, especially on the issue of border demarcation. He stressed in negotiations that both countries must withdraw their troops from Abyei.
Sudan army confirms heavy clashes in South Kordofan—Sudan Tribune
The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) confirmed that they saw heavy fighting over the weekend in battles Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan. The SPLM-N claimed that they defeated the SAF in these battles. SAF denies that they were defeated and said that they reversed a SPLM-N offensive that aimed at capturing the town of Teludi. SAF said they killed several hundred rebel fighters in this action. There has been no independent confirmation of either parties’ claims.
Some 14,000 people are waiting in the Sudanese town of Kosti to be repatriated to South Sudan. Those waiting are struggling to access food and medical aid. International aid organizations and the governments of the two countries are working to repatriate all the returnees.
200 illegal AK47s collected in Unity State—Sudan Tribune
A disarmament program in Payinjiar County in Unity state has collected 200 illegal AK47s. Inter-communal violence and cattle rustling has left hundreds dead and armed rebel militias remain a significant security challenge for South Sudan. The disarmament program is intended to reduce the threat of inter-communal violence and reduce the threat of armed rebellion.
Japan will be deploying a total of 500 troops to South Sudan as part of a UN nation-building mission. The troops to be deployed are mostly engineers and will be working to repair and improve roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects. The first team of 200 will be deployed beginning next year to establish bases and headquarters, and another 300 will arrive to replace them later.
Mohamed Khair al-Zubeir, governor of Sudan’s Central Bank, said government subsidies on fuel are too expensive for the federal budget, and suggested that they may have to be cut. The subsidies lower the price on fuel and other petroleum products so they are more affordable, and cutting them is likely to add to increasing public frustration with the rising costs of consumer goods.
Darfuris facing economic crisis—Radio Dabanga
According to a survey conducted by Radio Dabanga, Darfuri households are facing severe economic hardship due to government polices and the general decline of the economy. Consumer goods and food have become too expensive and many families are surviving on one meal a day. Respondents felt that the state governments are not doing enough to alleviate the problem.