Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of Sudan. SDC/GI-NET does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hundreds protest after two killed in east Sudan—Reuters Africa

Hundreds of people protested in eastern Sudan after two people were killed in a protest against the government’s decision to take cattle and destroy houses build without authorization. People in eastern Sudan have been marginalized by the government for decades, and despite great resource wealth, the eastern states remains one of the poorest regions in Sudan.

Sudan’s economy seen shrinking in 2011-2012: IMF—Sudan Tribune

The IMF released data predicting Sudan’s economy will struggle in the coming year. The government has released a plan for saving the economy that is made mostly up of spending cuts.

Food shortage worsening in South Sudan—Miraya FM

South Sudan is facing an increasingly dire food shortage, the UN revealed. This is the result of increased food prices, decreased trade with Sudan, and lack of food for sale.  The Jonglei, Warrap, Upper Nile, and Northern Bahr El Ghazal are expected to be especially hard hit.

Sudan army claims control of key area in Blue Nile—Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese Armed Forces claim to be in control of the Dandro region of Blue Nile after fighting to regain it from the SPLM-N.

JEM denies clashes with govt forces—Radio Dabanga

The Sudanese Armed Forces had claimed to have fought JEM and captured one of their tanks in a battle on the Chad-Libya border. A JEM spokesman denied this occurred and stated that the Sudanese government had said it to raise troop morale. JEM also denied that it has been executing its cadres in the field, saying this was a lie to besmirch their leader, Khalil Ibrahim’s, reputation.

Government-backed forces commit atrocities—Radio Dabanga

A refugee woman in the Mornei camp of West Darfur was attacked by men from a government-backed militia, who attempted to rape her. She resisted and was beat in head and chest. She required emergency surgery to save her life.  Similar attacks by these militias and the Abu Tira (police) have occurred in the Jebalin , Hardeba, and Jeddah refugee camps in Garsila.

UNAMID to settle disputes between nomads and farmers in North Darfur–UNAMID

Farmers in the Karime and Fatra villages captured 42 camels belonging to nomadic herdsmen that they found grazing on their land.  The farmers brought the camels them to the UN mission. UNAMID decided it will mediate talks between the nomads and farmers to settle the matter peacefully.

Sese appointed president of Darfur regional authority—Radio Dabanga

President Omar al-Bashir appointed Tijani Sese of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) to be the Regional Authority for Darfur as part of the Doha agreement. Meanwhile, leaders in the Kalma refugee camp refused to meet with LJM leaders who arrived without notice in Abu Tira trucks. The LJM officials hoped the leaders of the camp will endorse the peace agreement between LJM and Khartoum.

Opposition SPLM-DC names new Secretary General –Sudan Tribune

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change, an opposition party in South Sudan, has appointed a new Secretary General. Sandra Bona Malwal resigned along with two other officials in the SPLM-DC.  Malwal was replaced with Sisto Olur Erista.  The Secretary General of SPLM-DC accused the three officials that resigned of taking money. The party has been criticized as supporting the rebels and lacking transparency.

“We Are Committed to Regional Peace”, Dr. Machar—Government of South Sudan, on allAfrica

The Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has reiterated the government’s commitment to peace in the region.  He denied claims by Sudan that South Sudan had been supporting the rebellions in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Machar also spoke of trying to mediate peace between the Uganda government and the LRA that has brought violence into South Sudan. Machar stressed the importance of keeping peace between the communities within South Sudan where cattle rustling and tribal violence remain a problem.

Friday, September 23, 2011

SPLM-N clashes with Sudan’s army in South Kordofan—Sudan Tribune

SPLM-N attacked Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) positions in South Kordofan. SPLM-N claimed to have destroyed two SAF garrisons, killed many SAF soldiers and allied militia fighters, and captured 13 vehicles. A UN source confirmed that fighting had taken placed and that three civilian vehicles, including two buses and an NGO vehicle were caught in the crossfire. One of the staff members of the NGO was killed. The SAF claimed it inflicted heavy loses on SPLM-N and captured many of their weaponry in the battle.

SPLM-N’s Arman urges US Congressmen to support no-fly-zone in Sudan—Sudan Tribune

The Secretary General of the SPLM-N asked the Congressmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission to consider a no-fly zone over the Blue Nile, Darfur, and South Kordofan areas of Sudan. His written testimony twice mentioned the necessity of a no-fly zone.  In his oral argument he emphasized the need for US political support for the SPLM-N, perhaps aware that the US lacks the political will to push for regime change in Sudan.

Sese pledges to involve Darfuris in DRA—Radio Dabanga

The newly appointed head of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Tijani Sese, promises to give Darfuris a voice in the management of the region.  He declared that the DRA would work to solve the issues of displaced persons and would involve Darfuris in reconstruction and development efforts.

Re-registration sparks fear in Kalma—Radio Dabanga

The World Food Program wants residents of the Kalma camp to return their old ID cards so they can reissue new ones.  Refugees are afraid of giving away their one proof of identity that allows them to get food rations. Residents also complained that the traders who bring food to the camp should no longer be allowed to distribute the food as they have begun to unlawfully charge them for the food and are not bringing the necessary foodstuffs.

Thousands expelled from school—Radio Dabanga

Thousands of refugee children were expelled from a school in the Beer Degig refugee camp because they did not have the required uniforms which are too expensive for many to afford.

Governors of Sudan’s flashpoints hold security meeting—Sudan Tribune

Officials from South Kordofan and Darfur met to discuss how they would counter the threat of rebels. They discussed how to supply and support the military and security elements in their states in order to properly respond to the threats of rebels.

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