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Since the military coup in 1989, which saw General Omar al-Bashir installed as President, his government in Khartoum has sought to create a more Islamic Sudan, run by a centralised military and political elite. Violence and civil war divided the country as rebel groups retaliated to the state policies of marginalization and discrimination. These culturally distinct groups are for the most part ethnically black Africans, and are referred to by Bashir as “ black plastic bags” and “insects”.
Despite his outstanding warrant of arrest from the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes ad crimes against humanity for his role in the Darfur genocide, Sudanese government General Ahmed Harourn was elected as governor of South Kordofan state in May 2011. The results of these elections were disputed by opposition group the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM - N) and a month later conflict erupted between armed elements of the group and forces loyal to the Sudanese Government. In November of that year, the fighting, that continues rage in South Kordofan, also spread to Blue Nile State.
For eighteen months, the government’s response has been brutal. Instead of targeting suspected rebels, the government’s military forces carry out a systematic and strategic campaign of collective punishment against the civilian populations including indiscriminate bombing of villages, grain stores, farms, fields, schools and clinics.
The attacks have left an estimated 900,000 displaced or effected by the conflict. The bombing of fertile land and crops are purposefully coordinated with the harvests, making farming all but impossible. As a result food shortages worsen day by day. This is a deliberate attempt to remove these populations from the region just like the scorched earth tactics we saw in Darfur ten years ago. A report on food security and nutrition in October concluded that 81.5 percent of households in South Kordofan are surviving on just one meal a day, compared to just under ten percent a year ago and zero percent two years ago. Khartoum’s persistent refusal to allow international humanitarian access is a continuation of their strategic policy and in itself constitutes a crime against humanity.
The continued failure of the international community to react to the crimes against humanity being committed in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states emboldens the Sudanese government, who are free in the knowledge they can act with impunity. #WeNeedToTalkAboutSudan
The government of Sudan are committing crimes against humanity against their own civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to flee their homes to escape bombing raids and attacks from government troops. Starvation is beginning to take hold as farmers are unable to plant their crops and humanitarian aid is blocked.
As this crisis unfolds world governments and the media remain largely silent.
We aim to break this silence with our student led campaign supported by Aegis Students - "We need to talk about Sudan" We will be mass Tweeting at UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, on the 20th May asking that he takes action. Join our movement – www.weneedtotalkaboutsudan.com