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.