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.
Another two thousand Sudanese fled from Sudan’s Blue Nile to the safety of refugee camps in Ethiopia. Most of the displaced are women, children, and the elderly. The refugees are fleeing bombing raids by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). There are also reports that residents of Blue Nile were warned by militias to leave the area, which suggests the possibility of a ground offensive.
Sudan to bring in foreign farmers—Sudan Tribune
The Sudanese ministry of agriculture has announced that the government will begin hiring foreign farmers to replace the Sudanese farmers that transitioned to gold mining.
Civilian shot dead in West Darfur—Radio Dabanga
Two civilians were killed in West Darfur on Thursday. A man was killed by armed gunmen in Zalingei. An elderly woman was killed in Asalaama. The armed men were wearing military uniforms and it is not known what motivated them to kill the two civilians.
The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) claimed they are closing in on Al-Kurmuk, the stronghold of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). SAF spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said that SAF attacked a SPLM-N camp in the Angarto area of South Kordofan. He claimed that SAF had killed 15 SPLM-N soldiers. SPLM-N denies this claim and says they reversed SAF offensives in Ibri, Angarto, and Abolhassan. The SPLM-N claims to have killed 40 SAF soldiers in these battles.
El Geneina radio and TV employees arrested—Radio Dabanga
The director and several employees with the El Geneina radio network were arrested for allegedly stealing equipment from the radio station. Employees, however, were surprised to see that their offices had been broken into and books, tapes, files, and radio equipment had been stolen.
The South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A) demanded all UN agencies and NGOs leave the Unity State for their own safety saying that there was going to be a revolt against the governor of the Unity State Taban Deng Gai. The SSLM/A accuses Taban Deng Gai of having the family members of rebels arrested and causing the divorces of rebel’s wives by stealing the dowry cattle from their in-laws. Food aid is greatly needed in South Sudan’s Unity State following the failed harvests and the loss of UN agencies and humanitarian aid organizations would devastate the area.
Two killed in Kalma camp—Radio Dabanga
Two refugees were killed Wednesday in the Kalma camp in West Darfur by unidentified armed men. The humanitarian coordinator for the Kalma camp believes that the armed men were with the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) which recently signed the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD), making peace with the Sudanese government. Some armed LJM supporters had recently moved into the camp. Relations between the LJM and refugees are at a low as many of the refugees did not support the DDPD and told the LJM leader and now head of the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority, Tijani Sese that he is not welcome in the camp.
A report released by Sudan’s Ministry of Social Development shows that 30,000 South Sudanese have been repatriated to South Sudan but another 382,000 people are still waiting, 30,000 of which are homeless. Sudan is working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and railroad companies to plan 12 train trips to repatriate the 30,000 homeless back to South Sudan. After South Sudanese independence, Sudan allowed nine months for South Sudanese to leave Sudan or apply for residency, which they were unlikely to receive.