Since June 5, Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army Nuba (SPLA Nuba) have been fighting in South Kordofan, and for two and a half months I did not know what to make of it. All I could think of were the people who returned to their homes since the cease fire in 2001 and who are now, once again, caught up in that horrible cycle of violence, fear, death and loss. by Nanne op ‘t Ende, The Netherlands, August 20, 2011 Returnees Years ago, I wrote about the need for the SPLM Nuba to persuade Nuba people in Khartoum and other cities to return to their state so their numbers would add weight to the political aspirations of the former rebel movement – to obtain substantial autonomy for the Nuba. Only electoral success would allow SPLM Nuba to set the agenda for the popular consultation that would evaluate and possibly improve on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) provisions for South Kordofan. They came. Hundreds of thousands of people took their chances hoping that the war was over and it was safe enough to start farming again. From a mere 200,000, the population in areas controlled by […]
South Kordofan and Nuba Mountains – Timely Humanitarian Interventionism or yet Another Passive Rwanda-Like Inaction?
By Ahmed Hassan I sat sipping my mint-flavored black tea hurriedly on one of these small teashops on the way from Kadougli to El-Obied. I could not stand the sound of the jet fighters patrolling the skies on their unholy missions. I just needed to leave the place before things got more complicated. In front of me, on that small plastic chair, sat an element of the so called “Abu Tira” forces, a synonym for the Central Reserve Forces of the government, drinking a black coffee and boasting: “….our commanders gave us crystal clear orders: take no hostages, we do not have jails or food for any POW, just shoot to kill any of these rebels you may find on your way…” I have never been an admirer of Dr. Nafie A. Nafie, but for the first time in my life I appreciated his courageous reaching and signing of the Partnership Agreement between the NCP and the SPLMN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 28, 2011. An agreement that sets new grounds for a continued peace process and for ceasing of hostilities in South Kordofan to end the current nightmare of atrocities, and to enable the flow of relief to […]
Despite the alarming prospects generated by the recent developments in South Kordofan and the Nuba Mountains, very little about the matter is been said on this or on other similar forums. I had the chance to visit both Kadougli and El-Delang during the last week and, hence eye witnessed some of these developments while they were unfolding. There had been a lot of local media coverage to the bigger event, its possible causes and potential political impacts, without very much focus on the details of the events; and lot of political writers took the responsibility to analyze the situation and to reflect various views and stand-points depending on their affiliations, interests, or understanding of the situation. What I am very much concerned about, and what drives me to write this piece, are some of the reflections of the conflict on the ground, and how they are affecting normal civilians. My personal observations are as follows: 1. Apparently the government was quite aware of, and very prepared for the potential moves by the SPLA, but nevertheless did not take any proactive steps to disarm the situation and reach a settlement before the eruption of the fighting and the start of the […]