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South Sudan working with Japan on New Oil Pipeline

According to an article in the Sudan Tribune, Japan and specifically the Toyota Corporation will work with South Sudan to construct and oil pipeline through Kenya. If the project comes to fruition, it would radically alter the dynamic in play now. Sudan faces sanctions and numerous other limits to its income. Transit fees collected from South Sudan for oil shipped through its pipeline to Port Sudan constitute a major source of income that among other things allows the government to pay its security forces and purchase weaponry.

The simple fact is that the more that oil flows through Port Sudan, the more blood will flow in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur.

Fighting, as Sudan does, is expensive and the oil revenue is essential to maintaining the fight. Of course, building the new pipeline will take years, not weeks or months, and the suffering in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur will continue.

Meanwhile, the more that Sudan works with Iran with Iran providing the Khartoum Regime both income and weaponry, the more that other nations will be willing to work with the rebel groups and to support South Sudan in its disputes with the north. With every attempt to subdue the Sudanese Revolutionary Forces that fails and results in both the death of soldiers fighting only for a paycheck and in the capture of additional military assets to be used by the SRF against the state, the situation worsens for Sudan. With every child who dies of starvation in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile, the more well motivated and committed rebel troops there will be fighting against the Khartoum Regime. The strategic situation for Sudan is not a good one now and if the oil pipeline is actually developed through Kenya, it may prove to be the coup de grace against the Khartoum Regime.

All of this is yet far off, however. There is much work to do now to save innocents lives threatened by the hands of the genocidaires in Sudan.

Interview with Mukesh Kapila

Mukesh KapilaMy interview with Mukesh Kapila on “Understanding the World” is now both on Youtube and Podcast. Dr. Kapila talked about the situation in Sudan and the history of the genocides perpetrated by the Sudanese government against the people of Sudan over the past decades. Dr. Kapila is a leading authority on genocide and perhaps the leading authority on the Sudanese genocides. He is well worth listening to. Below is the Youtube recording of the program which lasts about an hour. Dr. Kapila is on for about 50 minutes of the show. At the bottom of this posting you will find the audio only podcast link.

The podcast of the interview may be found by clicking on this link.

 

Nyala Situation Statement by Hawa Salih – Human Rights Activist

To the U.S. government, international organizations, humanitarian and human rights organizations, UN agencies, international activists both regions, honorable people of the free world.

Since the exit of the British from Sudan in 1956, crises have followed, from the handover of the territory which included shooting those Sudanese with an open mind, to slaughter in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile in the eighties, and then Eastern Sudan in the early nineties. Then came another manifestation of the crisis, the worst human disaster of the 21st century, genocide, the killing and displacement of innocent people, the burning of villages, the rape of women, systematic ethnic cleansing and the looting all the wealth of the people of Sudan. All this was done for the benefit of a specific category of citizens and the resulted in the marginalization of the vast majority of the Sudanese people by criminals, the National Congress.

What happened on Sunday, July 29 and Monday, July 30st, 2012 was a repeat of the same kind of ethnic assault, reminiscent of the genocide in Darfur in 2003.

Evidence of what happened in the city of Nyala, after thousands of school students and civilians, the majority of the city, went into the streets in protest, demanding their legitimate rights and against the rise in commodity prices. But the State Government of Nyala and the security services including the police and military security service fired live ammunition against the demonstrators, killing thirteen students and civilians and wounded more than eighty innocent people. They also arrested fifteen students who are now missing.

Those who care about all of the displaced persons and refugees, women and children, the trodden upon victims of Darfur, and all of the women among the margininalized Sudanese reject and condemn in the strongest terms the use of violence against the demonstrators. We demand a prompt investigation into these crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable while protecting civilians.

We call for a change from the bloody regime, which has killed far too many sons and daughters of the Sudanese people and to say to the Government of Sudan that

1 – The blood of the martyrs of innocent women and children will be met with justice.

2 – They must respect the will of the people and their human dignity.

3 – The people must be allowed freedom of expression and the right of demonstration guaranteed in all international and domestic laws.

4 – The indomitable will of the people will overcome suppression by the power of any one person or group.

5 – We call for the international community and the US Government to take bold positions on behalf of the innocent civilians in Sudan, especially Darfur, the Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile.

Protesters in Nyala Attacked and Killed

Radio Dabanga reports that a protest against rising commodity prices in the Southern Darfur city of Nyala was met by teargas and gun fire. Medical authorities report eight killed and fifty wounded, nine of whom are in critical condition. The killed include one child, six students, and a businessman according to the report. The students had, during the course of the protest, attacked and burned two police stations, a gas station, and the administration of education building in Nyala. Other reports insist that there were many more casualties in Nyala so the figures may change.

The news from Nyala comes on a day when reports have been received from people in Blue Nile of bombardment of civilian areas. Help Nuba received a report that the SPLM/N spokesperson Arnu Nugutulu stated that the Sudan Armed Forces carried out air strikes in several places that led to the killing and injuring of approximately 14 people. Antonovs dropped 37 bombs on the villages of Aura, Baleila, Magaf, Aneeli and Dakka resulting in the death of three people and injuring eleven others. In addition to that, there is a loss of 30 cattle.

A Time to Unite

August 26-27 in Des Moines, Iowa

Be a part of this historic event as we unite in creating a

New and better future for the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan.

The history of the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan is filled with conflicts that have allowed certain groups in the north to dominate the majority of the peoples, oppress them and marginalize them, pitting region against region, people against people. Peace and security have been undermined. Lives, liberty, and property have all been lost.

In very recent times, South Sudan was able to gain independence from Sudan. This brought freedom to some of the oppressed peoples. Yet within South Sudan, the impact of regional conflicts along with the influence of the Khartoum regime remain strong and prevent progress; while in the north, the separation of South Sudan from Sudan has led to the dramatically increased oppression of many ethnic groups within Sudan. First, there was genocide in Darfur. Now, horrors have come to the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Eastern Sudan. These atrocities must be stopped.

Each people may fight its own battles alone or many may become stronger as one. We believe that the only path to a bright future is through unity.

Therefore, we believe that it is time to unite our efforts to improve the lives of all of the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan. We are joining together to create a new representative body to help lead us forward. In order to accomplish this great task, we need you, as a leader of your community, to join us in Des Moines, Iowa on August 26 and 27, 2012 for the first gathering of the United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA).

United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA) aims to promote:

  1. Unity and Empowerment by:
  1. Involving all of the regional, political, and ethnic organizations and associations who are interested in working together.
  2. Serving as the central coordinating body of pro-democracy organizations in Sudan and South Sudan.
  3. Providing a coherent and united voice for pro-democracy Sudanese and South Sudanese in the diaspora.
  4. Building communication and cooperation between regional and ethnic groups as well as political and military organizations.
  5. Empowering the civil and societal organizations that form the basis of healthy nations.
  1. Engagement of Sudanese and South Sudanese community leaders around the world by:
  1. Strengthening the connection and involvement of community leaders and intellectuals in the diaspora to the development of the governmental, educational, societal, cultural and economic institutions of Sudan and South Sudan.
  2. Engaging in leadership development in all of the geographic regions of Sudan and South Sudan as well as in the diaspora.
  1. Development of Needed Programs and Institutions by:
  1. Developing strategies for and establish a stabile system of fundraising.
  2. Allocating funding according to determined priorities.
  1. Strategies to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis by:
  1. Creating an efficient central conduit to enable interaction between Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Sudanese and South Sudanese peoples in the region and in the diaspora.
  2. Providing Education about Sudan and South Sudan to a variety of constituencies.
  3. Preparing and disseminating authoritative and accurate news to the media.

At a later point, USASSCA may consider forming a separate lobbying organization to:

  • Develop and implement a political strategy for working with foreign governments and international institutions.
  • Conduct Lobbying in Washington, D.C.

The gathering and events to form USASSCA will be hosted by regional and national leaders of major Sudanese and South Sudanese diaspora organizations as well as by some of the leaders from the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities within those countries. The conference will feature speeches by the major leaders and the election of officers to the first Congress of Sudanese and South Sudanese Peoples. The USASSCA gathering is being held in Des Moines in conjunction with the Help Nuba conference which will include representatives of anti-genocide advocacy and relief organizations concerned with the crises ongoing in the many regions of Sudan and South Sudan today.

Help Nuba is an organization led by representatives of the Nuba, Darfur, and South Sudanese communities along with activists and others who are concerned with the plight of those suffering in Sudan and South Sudan. Help Nuba includes representatives of the UN Association of Iowa, Catholic, Jewish, Presbyterian and Episcopal religious and community leaders, one of the 2011 Carl Wilken’s Fellows of United to End Genocide and a growing number of supporters from around the United States along with members of the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities from around the world.

The USASSCA conference is by invitation only. If you would like to be included, please contact one of the members of the steering committee at this link.

Obvious Crimes against Humanity are Happening without Response

Eric Reeves wrote a compelling piece for the South Sudan News Agency in which he details the profound failure of the international community to address the situation in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, the very same reason that I felt compelled to create Help Nuba. No excuse is a good one. The cause of the slaughter in South Kordofan is not the rebellion against the genocidal regime of Omar Bashir in Khartoum. The genocidal regime is the cause of the resistance. Attacks on non-Arab and non-Arabist Africans including  Muslims in the southern part of Sudan have gone on and will go on regardless of whether or not the resistance continues. What will happen should the resistance be unable to continue to combat the regime in Khartoum is that the slaughter will worsen and instead of talking about the possibility of genocide occurring in the Nuba Mountains, we will be mourning in the aftermath of its occurrence.

Take No Prisoners

The Governor of South Kordofan, Ahmed Harun, gave told his troops to “Take no prisoners” in a video published by Al Jazeera.

Harun tells the troops:

You must hand over the place clean, swept, rubbed, crushed. Do not bring them back alive. We have no space for them.

A commander near by Harun says:

Do not bring them back! Eat them alive!

Harun’s response is:

Don’t create an administrative problem for us.

Then Harun whips up the troops by shouting to them:

Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready?

The soldiers respond:

Allah Hu Akbar! God is great!