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.
Sudan’s President due to Kassala amid protests–Sudan Tribune
President of Sudan Omer El-Bashir arrived in Kassala for a summit yesterday with the President of Eritrea Isaias Afewerki as student protests in the city continue. University students have been protesting rising costs of food and demanding political change since October 18th.
Sudan plans to hike oil production, minister says–Sudan Tribune
Sudan lost 75% of its oil production with the secession of the South. Before the secession Sudan produced 500,000 barrels of oil a day. Sudan now produces only 110,000 a day. As a result, Sudan is hoping to increase its oil production to 180,000 barrels a day by the end of this year and double production by 2016. Sudan is still negotiating with South Sudan over the amount of money per barrel of oil they will collect for allowing South Sudanese oil to transit through their pipelines.
South Sudan’s interior minister calls for responsible journalism, as acts against the press continue–Sudan Tribune
South Sudan’s minister of internal affairs, General Alison Manani Magaya said that journalists must practice “thoughtful” and “responsible” journalism, despite a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists that cites eight incidents where politicians had members of the press arrested. Magaya further demanded that the press show loyalty to South Sudan in there reporting.
Protest renews in Kassala–Radio Dabanga
Hundreds of student protesters hit the streets of Kassala to demonstrate against the Sudanese regime and over an incident last week when a vehicle allegedly driven by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) ran over several student protesters injuring them.
‘Abu Tira’ gunmen abuse camp residents of Seraf Omra–Radio Dabanga
Reports have surfaced that members of the Abu Tira (central reserve forces) have been harassing, beating and humiliating refugees at the Seraf Omra camp if they are out past a 9:00 PM curfew. Detained residents are taken to the Abu Tira headquarters, where they are beaten and their hair shaved.
Under-Secretary General of Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous called on rebels to join the Doha Darfur Peace Document “without preconditions” and said more must be done to convince them to join the peace talks.
In Sudan, peace remains elusive–Los Angeles Times
Despite the success of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the north-south civil war, conflicts have erupted in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, while the Darfur conflict continues. The international community has not taken a proactive stance in pressuring President Omer El-Bashir to make reforms and address regional grievances that caused the rebellions to begin. Government tactics in these regions include bombing and attacking civilian areas, extrajudicial killings, and restrictions in humanitarian aid, and, in the case of Darfur, genocide.
Misseriya Tribal Fighting Claims 200 Victims – Hussein Bakir–Radio Dabanga (on AllAfrica)
Spokesman for the Ba’ath Party, Hussein Elhaj Bajkir, reported that ethnic strife resulted in 200 deaths in the Fardus area of South Kordofan . Ethnic tensions between the Misseriya of Awlad Surur and Misseriya of Awlad Heiban resulted in the deaths of 140 Misseriya of Awlad Surur and 60 Misseriya of Awlad Heiban. Bakir said the situation has stabilized due to the intervention of regional and local authorities. Deputy head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) blamed the incident on Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP), accusing them of inciting ethnic tensions in order to ethnically cleanse the area through a divide-and-conquer strategy.