Violence in Sudan

Apr 28 2011

Violence in Sudan

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Less than two months before declaring a new state in South Sudan, violence continues to escalate between the North and the South. This ongoing conflict between the Arabs and the non-Arabs that began in February 2003 is still happening to this day, and often goes under the radar in the eyes of the media. There are many numbers in regard to the actual total number of casualties due to the conflict, and they range from under twenty thousand to several hundred thousand dead (from either direct combat or starvation and disease caused by the conflict). There have also been mass displacements, which have caused millions of people to move into refugee camps or over the border into Chad.

Today, the continued violence in Sudan has caused the deaths of more than 150 people in just the last week.

“This month, the United nations said more than 800 civilians have been killed in violence in the region since January, and the organization Human Rights Watch said last week that human rights abuses had been committed by both the southern Sudanese government and the rebels in recent fighting.”

A collection of troops around the contested Abyei region on the frontier between the north and south has increased tensions between the two sides in Sudan.

With the overall tension between the two sides in Sudan, it will be interesting to see what the coming months have in store. Obviously, July will be huge with the Introduction of a new Sudanese country, and I wonder if the violence will decrease once this occurs, or whether it will just continue. The referendum was guaranteed under a 2005 peace deal that ended two decades of civil war between the north (of Muslim majority) and the south (of Christian majority) which caused the deaths of 2 million people. In July, South Sudan will become the world’s newest nation. But with the continued violence in both regions, it is difficult to imagine this new country being a stable one.

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