A humanitarian crisis in Sudan

According to The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, the atrocity that is unfolding in the southern section of Sudan bears “echoes of Darfur” as the government is literally starving and killing families with rebel ties in the Nuba Mountains.

Sudan, who is led by President Omar al-Bashir, has barred Journalists and aid workers from entering the area in a(n) (successful) attempt to conceal what is occurring. This has aided in the lack of attention from the international community.

Tens of thousands of Nuba have been living in caves in an attempt to survive, since mid June, when the government began raiding villages and killing families connected to rebels. Food supply has virtually been cut off, so many have resorted to eating leaves and/or wood to survive.

Daily, planes fly above them dropping bombs at signs of life.

But the rebel group is not giving up.

In the article, Brig. Gen. Nimeri Morat of the rebel army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North told Kristof, “We will fight the Omar Bashir regime until we die. Then our children will fight.”

The situation in Sudan is critical and on the verge of being another Darfur. However, it has been overshadowed by other humanitarian crises, like Syria.

The international community needs to take note of what is occurring in Sudan because a government is literally cutting of supplies and aid to the Nuba Mountains in an attempt to kill them off. And as a result, thousands have died from malnutrition or have been killed at the hands of the government. Thousands more will die when mass starvation plagues the area as food supplies run out in the next two to three months.

As Kristof put it in his column, “When a government devours its own people, there are no easy solutions.”

I agree, there are no easy solutions, but there are possible solutions. And it begins with the international community recognizing the devastation and destruction facing this country and its people.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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