Posted by: DCox | June 20, 2009

Southern Sudan is becoming bloodier than Darfur

from a recent article in one of my favorite magazines, The Economist


ACCORDING to the United Nations special envoy to Sudan, Ashraf Qazi, violent conflict has killed more people in recent months in south Sudan than in Darfur. Mr Qazi is not trying to play down the awfulness of the situation in Sudan’s western region, where about 300,000 have died as result of fighting since 2003 and more than 2.5m have been displaced. Rather, he was drawing attention to the sad fact that the south is now slipping back into its pristine state of widespread insecurity from which it was supposed to have been rescued by a peace deal in 2005.

Most of the recent deaths in the south have been caused by inter-tribal fighting, usually linked to land rights. As the rainy season arrives in different parts of Africa’s largest country, so the traditional competition for the best grazing areas for cattle and other livestock becomes more intense. Central Sudan, particularly in the state of Southern Kordofan, has been hit by heavy fighting recently. Last week it was reported that perhaps as many as 250 people had been killed in clashes between the Rizeigat and Misseriya, two Arab nomadic tribes that populate the area around the Nuba mountains. (read the rest of the article via this link)

They Poured Fire on Us from the SkyA book I read last year gave me more insight into the journey of the lost boys of Sudan and their long years of being refugees in a camp in Kenya. It’s entitled They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan. Many of these “boys” are now men living in the Twin Cities and Fargo. Will the western world allow another mass exodus from Sudan?


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