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

Only ceasefire can allow return of aid groups to Blue Nile and Kordofan – Sudan’s FM—Sudan Tribune

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti declared that the Sudanese government will allow aid groups to come into South Kordofan and Blue Nile only if the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) agree to a ceasefire. Karti said that humanitarian aid would go to support the SPLM-N, so no aid will be allowed until they lay down arms.

UN renews mandate of human rights expert on Sudan—Sudan Tribune

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has renewed the mandate for a human rights expert on Sudan for another year despite attempts by the Sudan government to prevent its renewal.   Expert Mohamed Chande Othman has criticized the Sudan’s tolerance of impunity in conflict zones.  The UNHRC has expressed concern for the humanitarian crises in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Army accused of burning down villages—Radio Dabanga

According to refugees, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) have burned down two villages in the Tabit area of North Darfur. The SAF allegedly attacked the villages of Tangarara and Uma Kafalu  in 17 vehicles. Heavy gunfire was suspected to be the cause of the fires .  SAF forces also beat and tortured some residents.  The SAF have also been suspected of being involved in an incident in Goz Kul area of North Darfur, in which four people were killed and 1,500 livestock taken.

Abu Tira troops digging trench around Zamzam—Radio Dabanga

Abu Tira forces, who serve as local police and have been accused of committing human rights abuses against Darfuris, are now building trenches around the Zamzam refugee camp in North Darfur. This has left only one entrance to the camp that is guarded by the Abu Tira.  Residents have also accused the Abu Tira of opening fire near a school at the camp.

Southern Kordofan refugees still vulnerable—IRIN

Refugees who fled from South Kordofan to South Sudan’s Unity State remain vulnerable to malnutrition.  Many people had travelled for two weeks to reach the safety of the Unity State, often with children. About 9,200 people have already registered as refugees and the Unity State is already struggling to handle the 83,851 returnees.

Taha denies reports on smuggling of Libyan weapons to Sudan -Sudan Tribune

First Vice-President Ali Osman Taha denies that Libyan weapons have been smuggled into Sudan after the fall of Qaddafi’s government. Conflicting reports state that weapons are missing from Libyan storage facilities. Some reports allege that Iranian Revolutionary Guards  stole surface-to-air missiles and brought them to Sudan.  There is concern that some of these weapons may end up in the hands of terrorists organizations.

Darfuri students stage sit-in protest – Radio Dabanga

Darfuri students staged a sit-in at their universities after being unable to register due to unpaid tuition fees.  Previously students from Darfur had their tuition waived under the Abuja settlement because of hardships in the Darfur region.  The Abuja settlement has expired and so the universities are refusing to let students register until they pay their fees.

Four killed in S Kordofan air raid– Radio Dabanga

Four people were killed and six injured by bombs dropped from Sudanese Armed Forces planes in the Dalami area of South Kordofan.  Bombs were also dropped around Korgy without casualties.

UN-African mission uses puppets to spread message about ordnance risks—UN News Centre

The UNAMID peacekeeping mission is using  puppet plays to teach schoolchildren in Darfur about the dangers of unexploded ordinance (UXO).  In a two day workshop in El Fasher, UNAMID taught staff from the local Friends of Peace and Development NGO how to use puppetry to protect children. Recently three children were killed and five injured by UXO.

Killings in S. Kordofan Cast Shadow over Christians in Sudan –Compass Direct News

Christians in South Kordofan say that the Sudanese government willingness to attack areas without regard  to whether the victims are rebels or civilians  is due to a desire to rid the area of Christianity.  Christians have been detained by Sudanese Armed Forces agents and executed.  Detainees that escaped say the agents said “this land is Islamic and that we are not allowed to be in this land”.

The government’s assurances that sharia law protects Christians from violence, was met with skepticism by Christians who believe full enactment of Sharia law will make them second-class citizens.

South Sudan’s president holds surprise meeting with Lam Akol—Sudan Tribune

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir held an unexpected meeting with Lam Akol, who had broken away from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) to form the Sudan Epople’s Liberation Movement Democratic Change (SPLMN-DC).  The SPLM-DC had taken the side of the National Congress Party (Omer El-Bashir’s Party) against the SPLM/A, of which Salva Kiir was a member. Lam Akol had also run against Salva Kiir in the 2010 presidential election for South Sudan. The meeting between Kiir and Akol was intended to bring the SPLM-DC into the fold and create a more united South Sudan. Akol has shown support for a federalist system in South Sudan and for ending corruption.

Warrap parliament votes to remove state governor –Sudan Tribune

40 members of the Warrap state parliament sought to remove Governor Nyandeng Malek from office on Monday, but were unable to as the vote was cancelled by the Speaker of the House after he said he received instructions from South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar telling him to do so. Vice President Machar denies that he requested the vote to be cancelled. The 40 members of parliament want Governor Malek removed from office because they believe she was negligent in her duties by failing to create a financial monitoring commission in her state, establish better security, and report accurately on the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the state.  Some 358 people have reportedly died of hunger in Warrap but Malek attributed these deaths to illness, and thereby failed to adequately deal with the problem of hunger in the state.

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