According to Peter Moszynski, who was interviewed by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – North (SPLA-N) just captured Toroji and Dar. Moszynski reported that fighters from Darfur, from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), joined the SPLA-N in fighting against the Khartoum government. Moszynki noted that he did not see and Dinka or Nuer fighting along with them which is significant in that it means that the allies from South Sudan, who could help those who are fighting against the genocidal Sudanese regime are not participating in the fighting.
One of the main things that Peter Moszynski did see there were Iranian weapons being deployed by the Khartoum government:
While I was there I saw several destroyed tanks and unburied bodies lying around. The place was littered with ammunition, unexploded tank shells and several churches had been blown up or shelled. The area was heavily mined. I saw a bunch of newly captured boxes of anti-personnel mines with Farsi (Iranian language) on them. We saw what people call « chain bombs » which are cluster munitions. Apparently, one kid had his hand blown off touching one. All the houses in the town were destroyed. The SPLA-N captured over hundred vehicles. A few days later an Iranian drone was shot down.
In the interview, he also notes that the North is using food as a weapon of war and is denying access to aid organizations to South Kordofan precisely for that reason. Moszynski goes on to condemn the international community:
It’s worth pointing out that Khartoum claims that these rebels are terrorists who objected to the peace deal and who are supported by South Sudan. But it’s also worth remembering that the fighting started there in June last year before the South was independent when the government started shelling with artillery the house of the governor, Abdelaziz Al-Hilu, who was the deputy governor and is now the military leader of the SPLA-North. The problem began because they did not implement some points of the peace deal, the CPA [the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, which ended a long north-south civil war]. They didn’t implement the popular consultation; they didn’t fully implement the elections. Obviously the peace deal had not been implemented by the time that South Sudan became independent and it was very tragic watching the international community and the United Nations peacekeeping mission pulling out. Worse was leaving the civilian population there in extremely precarious conditions. When the fighting started in June many people told us they had gathered at the UN base in Kadugli for protection and yet people would be killed in front of the gate when Egyptian peacekeepers would refuse to do anything or let the people come inside. And they didn’t stop the Sudanese security forces from shooting civilians.
The suffering in South Kordofan is not an internal Sudanese issue, but an international humanitarian concern.