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SOUTHERN KORDOFAN/NUBA MOUNTAINS Aerial bombardment complicating humanitarian situation

Thursday June 16, 2011

Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) has received established new information that document serious crimes in South Kordofan/ Nuba Mountains. In SDFG report on ETHNIC CLEANSING ONCE AGAIN: CATALOGUE OF SLAUGHTER OF THE FIRST WEEK, the group has reported about the human rights and humanitarian situation in the area. Three days from this report aerial bombardment has continued and intensified.

In Kauda, southern areas of the state, it had witnessed more than 10 airstrikes on Tuesday, June14; targeting infrastructure, airstrip and nearby the United Nations Mission. Attached to this press release are images of the airstrikes.

The continuation of aerial bombardment  on southern part of South Kordifan/ Nuba Mountains aims to cut-off the flow of humanitarian assistance severely needed by the civilians in the area.  In the last three days, more than 10,000 people flee to Koda, Dalami and Hiban areas in addition to thousands that made their ways northward without supply of essential needs: shelter(tent), water, food and health facilities. Continuous displacement and humanitarian deterioration is leading to occurrence of humanitarian catastrophe in the area. 

For emergency humanitarian assistance to reach the needy displaced people more pressure should be put on the Sudanese authorities to stop airstrikes that cause displacement.

In southern areas of the state, safe corridors should be opened for the delivery of humanitarian aid in coordination with local organizations, and to involve local staff of the international humanitarian organizations that its international teams was evacuated.  Moreover pressure should be placed on the government authorities in Kadugli, El Obied and Khartoum to allow prompt deliverance of humanitarian assistance by international organizations to the affected civilians in the northern part along Khartoum-El Obied road.

The government authorities have so far rejected to and discriminated civil population from receiving humanitarian aid.  In the neighboring Northern Kordofan State, the State Governor not only declared Jihad against Nuba Mountains but also denied the displaced settlement space and assistance. This has increased civilians need for both protection and assistance.  The Nuba Mountains/Southern Kordofan Governor, Ahmed Harun also announced on media outlets that his government would not establish crisis displaced assembling centers/ camps so that civilian could receive food items and health services. He warned the humanitarian agencies not from entering and working in the area.   

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