Opposition coalition formed– Radio Dabanga
- In a first of its kind meeting, leadership from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), SPLM-South Kordofan (SPLM-SK), Sudanese Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW), SLA-Minni Minawi (SLA-MM), and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) met to discuss a uniform agenda to bring down the Sudanese regime. The meeting had reached agreement on a committee to prepare the structure of a joint political and military command.
- The US Special Envoy to Sudan, Princeton Lyman, stated yesterday that the US “continues to want to move along that path to normalization, but clearly when you have a situation like has happened in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, that throws an obstacle in the way,” adding that the violence raised a number of “serious problems,” including charges of human rights violations that have to be investigated and addressed. “Certainly we can’t go forward… if we have a major conflict going on, and we have humanitarian and human rights issues that haven’t been addressed.”
- Yesterday, Francis Deng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Edward Luck, Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, called for the immediate end to Sudanese Government air attacks on civilian populations that are reportedly continuing in Southern Kordofan state, resulting in further killing and displacement.
- Osama Sayed Ahmed, a correspondent for Al-Jazeera, said he was verbally abused and beaten up by SAF soldiers who accused him of circulating false news on Blue Nile. The spokesperson of the SAF said that the assault on an Al-Jazeera TV correspondent by Sudanese soldiers in Blue Nile state was an act of an individuals and isolated.
Sudan’s NCP rejects talks with Blue Nile’s rebels – Sudan Tribune
- The National Congress Party (NCP) vowed to squash the rebellion in the country’s southern state of Blue Nile, saying it is a prerequisite to any dialogue with the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N).
- International aid agencies have began providing emergency assistance to fleeing Sudanese in Ethiopia as the refugee population that escaped recent conflict from Sudan’s Blue Nile state swells to around 20,000.
- Rumbek National Secondary school has been closed due to financial constraints and severe food shortages. The Headmaster, Malou Makoi Ayuek, said Wednesday that the school has suffered severe food shortages, and major financial difficulties resulting in its closure.