Mission to South Sudan 2013
Amnesty International led a human rights research mission to Sudan's southern Kordofan region in January 2013.
“The international community continues to watch this catastrophe unfold as the humanitarian situation worsens in conflict-affected areas of Southern Kordofan. It’s time for some concerted action.”
-Khairunissa Dhala, Amnesty International’s South Sudan researcher.
The mission was led by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada and Khairunissa Dhala, South Sudan Researcher from Amnesty's International Secretariat.
This was a return visit to Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan. They were last in the region in April 2012, and upon return have marvelled at how much has changed. But they remain deeply troubled by how much has stayed very much the same.
<Update: April 17, 2013: Amnesty International has released a full report on the findings of the mission: Civilians Caught in Unending Crisis in Southern Kordofan
< Update: April 18, 2013: Alex reports back to Amnesty members from meeting at United Nations: Support from members helps ensure crisis is not forgotten
Amnesty's report urges the world to intervene to stop the deliberate, indiscriminate killing of civilians that has displaced several hundred thousand from their homes, 70,000 of whom have fled to neighbouring South Sudan. Bombings are being carried out using unguided munitions, rolled out from high altitudes, with no thought for the civilians below.
LIVE POSTINGS FROM THE RESEARCH MISSION:
Read Alex Neve's reports from South Kordofan, January 2013:
January 19, 2013
January 29, 2013
February 5, 2013
April 18, 2013
Photo: Alex a crater left by a Sudanese artillery rocket, holding a fragment from the rocket.