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.
Malawi is allowing Sudanese President Omer El-Bashir to come for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Market (COMESA) summit, even though he is wanted by the International Criminal Court for committing genocide in Darfur. Malawi is a signatory of the Rome Statute and is thus required to turn Bashir over to the Court if he comes to Malawi. Malawi has already refused to arrest Bashir during his visit, a move that will likely isolate Malawi diplomatically.
Vice President of Sudan Ali Osman Mohamed Taha accused Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni of trying to enact regime change in Sudan on Monday. Vice President Taha says Museveni declared this intent when he spoke about the marginalized people of Sudan trying to change the power structure of Sudan at the UN in New York.
Residents of Blue Nile have been forced to flee bombing raids by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), that are targeting civilian areas far removed from the battles between SAF and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North’s (SPLM-N). Displaced people have been unable to access aid and food, and death rates are high. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) requested $3.5 million in aid for the 250,000 people affected.
Leaders of Internally Displace Persons camps in Darfur came out in condemnation of the night ambush of a UNAMID convoy that killed three UN peacekeepers. They said that the attack may have been in response to UNAMID head Ibrahim Gambari’s statements saying that there had been a 70% drop in violence in Darfur. The leaders also blamed the UN Security Council for not giving UNAMID the power to protect its own personnel and camp residents.
Two women raped in El Geneina—Radio Dabanga
Two displaced women were raped by armed men in El Geneina, West Darfur. The women had left the refugee camp to collect hay when they were attacked. A report was filed with the police.
The deadly landmine explosion over the weekend that killed 20 people in South Sudan spotlights the lack of resources available to the war-worn country. Eighteen civilians and two soldiers were killed when their bus ran over an anti-tank landmine. The road was suspected to have been laced with landmines, but due to a lack of other roadways was used anyway There are currently only 15 people working to clear landmines in the area where the explosion occurred.
The Sudanese government has announced that it will not participate in a workshop on developing peace in Darfur initiated by the Obama Administration. A spokesman for the Sudanese government told the US Senior Advisor on Darfur Dane Smith that the government has already implemented polices agreed to in the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD). He did say that the US government should try to convince rebel groups who have not agreed to the DDPD to sign it.
Nearly 2,000 returnees to South Sudan arrived in Juba from Kosti, Sudan in eight barges yesterday bringing the total number of expats repatriated to South Sudan to 360,000 people. Still, some 11,000 are waiting in Kosti and several thousand waiting in Khartoum. The repatriation program is low on funds and those waiting are waiting in camps. The UN Central Emergency Fund is helping to fund the travel for returnees.
The governor of North Darfur accused the rebels of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minnin Minnawi (SLM-MM) of being behind the ambush on the UNAMID convoy that killed three UN peacekeepers and injured four others. SLM-MM denied their involvement and praised UNAMID’s protection of civilians.
Envoy of Sudan calls on Rehman Malik—Associated Press of Pakistan
Sudanese Ambassador to Pakistan, Al Shafi Ahmed Muhammad met with the Interior Minister of Pakistan, Rehman Malik to speak about improving relations between the two countries. Pakistan agreed to assist Sudan in training police to combat terrorism.