- Posted April 11, 2014 by
South Sudan, Sudan
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Winter is coming. That means rainy season in #Sudan and South Sudan. Rain means mud and closed roads. For the Nuba People in South Kordofan, #Sudan, the situation is fatal. Having been exposed to regular aerial attacks from the Sudanese Government on daily basis for months which have destroyed any means of livelihood, many Nubians are now trying to flee to over the border to South Sudan prior to the onset of the rainy season. Among these are wounded persons, unaccompanied wounded children and women – many of which have had nothing to eat but bark and leave from trees for months while hiding in caves to avoid the Sudanese bombs that at regular basis are dropped over civilian areas. Hungry, wounded, attacked and hunted – is the Nuba People doomed?
The situation has dramatically changed during the past months. Since hostilities broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 an estimated 10.000 South Sudanese have been killed and another 1 million have been forced to flee their homes. The United Nations (UN) estimates that more than 3.7 million South Sudanese are at the risk of famine http://buff.ly/1evNbCw This have substantially affected the situation also for the Nuba People and their opportunities to seek a safe haven in South Sudan. The Nubians – many of which are wounded from aerial attacks and suffer from starvation – have arrived to South Sudan the past period only to be forced to return back to the Nuba Mountains. Others have desperately fled to neighbouring countries like Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Yida camp located just across the border on South Sudanese territory is already housing tens and thousands of refugees from the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, #Sudan. While many flee to what has been perceived a safer location, security is fragile. The UN has expressed its concerns with the camp being located at a transit point in a disputed border zone between the two Sudan’s. However, the refugee population has resisted relocation due to a variety of reasons, some alternative camp sites being prone to flooding, others sites due to closer proximity to Sudanese military forces. Adding to the rising security concerns in Yida are the aerial attacks of Neem 7 April, which is linked with the road frequently used by refugees arriving from the Nuba Mountains http://buff.ly/1hG7woP An unidentified aircraft circling over the Yida camp settlement yesterday have additionally raised fears of forthcoming Sudanese strikes according to the UN http://buff.ly/1lVzrZu
It is a desperate situation for the Nuba People. Those that recently succeeded fleeing over the border from South Kordofan to South Sudan have been met by another war. While many Nubians previously sought refuge in South Sudan: “More than 200,000 Nuba people had sought refuge in the Republic of South Sudan only to find themselves in another war-torn area. “Many got confused and traumatized and some ran back to the war zone areas in the Nuba Mountains preferring to die in their home land,” said the Anglican Bishop of Kadugli, South Kordofan 8 April http://buff.ly/1hxI0Ih With a whole humanitarian community as witnesses, many Nubians who are unable to seek safety elsewhere return back to the mountains to die. They are doomed unless the international community reacts. Let us see what US Secretary of State #JohnKerry can do.