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.
New weapons seized from South Sudan rebels—Sudan Tribune
Weapons seized from South Sudanese rebel groups loyal to Peter Gadet and George Athor are Chinese-made Type-56-1 assault rifles. This may confirm South Sudan’s suspicions that Sudan is arming South Sudanese rebels in an effort to destabilize the new country. While Peter Gadet and his forces have since rejoined the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Athor’s revolt is still ongoing.
South Sudan oil production seen shrinking by half: IMF—Sudan Tribune
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned South Sudan that they will see oil production declining by half within the next ten years as their known oil reserves dry up. 98% of South Sudan’s revenue comes from crude exports and the decline of oil production would be economically devastating. The IMF suggested that South Sudan should put its oil revenue toward investing in the development of infrastructure, industries, and its people so that the economy is robust enough to handle the decline.
Bashir says Sudan armed Libyan rebels—Sudan Tribune
Sudanese Omer El-Bashir announced that Sudan had armed the Libyan rebels who toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, and claimed that the rebel forces that took Tripoli were “armed 100 percent by Sudan”. Bashir said Sudan supplied the rebels in retaliation for Gaddafi’s support of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Darfur.
SPLM-North claims victory on several battlefields—Radio Dabanga
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) claimed victory in battles with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) saying that they killed 25 government soldiers and allied militiamen and captured weapons and soldiers in South Kordofan. They also claimed to have reversed government offensives in the areas of Ibri, Angrto, and Abolhassan. In related news, the SAF dropped bombs on Kurugu in the area of Kadugli. No causalities were reported.
Under-Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous announced before the UN Security Council that a new road map for peace in Darfur was being developed. The new road map will take into account decisions that are made at the workshop on Darfur peace that is taking place in Washington DC on November 16th and 17th. The road map will address ways to bring non-signatory rebel groups to sign the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD) and will give the people of Darfur a greater voice in the peace negotiations.
Gunmen open fire at Kalma Camp—Radio Dabanga
On both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings gunmen in white Land Cruisers opened fire in the Kalma internally displaced persons camp. Identifiers on the vehicles suggest they are government-owned. No one was injured or killed in either incident. The shooting on Wednesday occurred in front of the UNAMID headquarters.
South Sudan has the highest maternal death rate in the world according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA). According to UNPFA reports 2,054 pregnant women per 100,000 die yearly and some 90% of women give birth at home. UN Mission in South Sudan is brining 18 internationally qualified midwives to South Sudan to help train local midwives.
The opposition National Umma Party (NUP) in Sudan has reportedly refused to join the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) government. The NCP won the April 2010 elections but still wished to encourage opposition parties to take a limited number of positions in the government in order to bolster its legitimacy. No opposition party has thus far agreed to join the government, although there are rumors that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is considering it. Hassan Abu Sabeeb of DUP denies that this is the case and says DUP will never join the NCP government.