Voice of the unheard & home to the homeless
Front Page  
 Latest News
 Articles and Analysies
 Press Releases
 Photo Gallery
 About Sudan
  Sudanese Music
  Sudanese Links
  Discussion Board
  2006 News Archives
  2006 Articles Archives
  2006 Press R.Archives
  2005 News Archives
  2005 Articles Archives
  2005 Press R.Archives
  PC&Internet Forum
  Poll System
  Tell A Friend
  Upload Your Picture
  Contact Us


Latest News Last Updated: Jan 8, 2010 - 6:16:49 AM

SUDAN: Attack leaves 140 dead as agencies issue "wake-up call" to international community

Email this article
 Printer friendly page
SUDAN: Attack leaves 140 dead as agencies issue "wake-up call" to international community

Photo: Peter Martell/IRIN
Southern Sudanese soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) parade through Juba in May 2009 for celebrations to mark the 26th anniversary of the start of Sudan's civil war (file photo)
JUBA/NAIROBI, 7 January 2010 (IRIN) - Violence in Southern Sudan continues to escalate, with the latest incident claiming 140 lives, even as 10 aid agencies called for urgent international intervention to prevent a return to war between the north and south.

A senior UN official said on 7 January that at least 140 people had been killed and 90 wounded during an attack on the Wunchai region of Warrap state.

The fight occurred some time at the beginning of the year but reports emerged only after a UN security team visited the remote area by airplane two days ago.

"Local sources on the ground said at least 140 had been killed and 90 wounded," said Lise Grande, the UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Southern Sudan.

Grande, who also said several thousand cattle had been stolen, added that a military team of UN peacekeepers had left on 7 January by road to ascertain the exact situation on the ground in the wider region.

We are deeply concerned at these reports, Grande said.

Lethal cocktail

Details of the attack coincided with the launch of a report by 10 aid agencies who cautioned that the successful holding of elections and a referendum, civilian protection, as well as increased development funding for Southern Sudan, were crucial in preventing a return to war five years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Photo: Peter Martell/IRIN
Attacks on women and children have increased markedly in the past year in Southern Sudan (file photo)
The agencies said the CPA was on the brink of collapse because of a "lethal cocktail" of rising violence, chronic poverty and political tensions.

"A great deal hangs on what can be achieved in the next 365 days," Richard Poole, director of humanitarian aid programmes for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Southern Sudan, told a news conference in Nairobi. "When the peace deal expires in a year, we must ensure that the chance for long-term peace and development in the region does not die with it."

Reacting to the NGOs report, people on the streets of Juba, the Southern Sudan capital, said they feared for the future.

"War is a possibility - we do not trust the north," said Simon Akol, a small trader.

However, senior officials of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling party in the south, said the risks were being exaggerated.

"Of course, we have problems with security that require a lot of attention, but we should not simply always look at the negative side of things, said Anne Itto, the SPLM deputy secretary-general for the south.

Of course we can do more, but we have come a long, long way since the peace deal was signed in 2005, Itto added. "We have a government in place, as well as roads, institutions and roads being built, as well as a political space that has been created.

"Much needs to be done but we are hopeful for the future."

Not too late

Maya Mailer, a policy adviser for Oxfam and co-author of the NGOs' report, said in a statement: "It is not yet too late to avert disaster, but the next 12 months are a crossroads for Africa's largest country. Last year saw a surge in violence in Southern Sudan. This could escalate even further and become one of the biggest emergencies in Africa in 2010."

Photo: IRIN
The late John Garang, then head of the SPLM, and Ali Osman Taha, Vice-President of Sudan, during negotiations leading to the CPA in Kenya in 2004
According to the agencies, at least 2,500 people were killed in 2009 and 350,000 fled their homes, "a human toll greater than occurred last year in Darfur". They said the rest of the world had largely overlooked this suffering.

The report warned of several possible flashpoints over the next 12 months including presidential, legislative and local elections in April the first in 24 years and a referendum in early 2011 on whether Southern Sudan becomes independent.

Warning that growing frustration over the lack of development in Southern Sudan was harming the chance for peace, the agencies noted that less than half the population had access to clean water and maternal mortality rates were among the worst in the world.

"There are fewer than 50km of tarmac road in the entire region, an area the size of France, and during heavy rains many areas are cut off for months at a time, making the delivery of humanitarian aid almost impossible," the report stated. "Some 80 percent of adults cannot read or write and one in seven children dies before their fifth birthday."

Francisco Roque, the country director of Save the Children in Southern Sudan, said: "After five years of peace, Southern Sudan remains one of the poorest regions on earth. People hoped the peace would bring economic benefits and development, but this has happened far too slowly and in some areas not at all. We are very worried about children who seem to be increasingly targeted in attacks on villages. International donors and the government must urgently improve aid to these areas.

A return to conflict would have devastating consequences that extend far beyond Southern Sudan, the agencies said. This crisis was escalating at a time when the situation in Darfur, in western Sudan, remains one of the world's biggest humanitarian emergencies. They warned that there could not be sustainable peace in Darfur if the peace between north and south was allowed to fail.


© Copyright by SudaneseOnline.com

Please feel free to send us your Articles , Analysies news and press releases to [email protected]

Top of Page

This report does not necessarily reflect the views of Sudanese Online.com

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Latest News
  • Taha Leads Sudan Delegation Participating in France-African Summit
  • Sudan Envoy to UN says movements of the so-called ICC exposed attempts to disturb current historic developments in Sudan
  • Taha to Lead Sudan Delegation for African - French Summit in Nice City
  • President Al-Bashir Receives Message from President Kibaki
  • SPLM Wary of President Bashirs Referendum Pledge
  • Dr. Sabir Al-Hassan Leads Sudan Delegation to ADB Meetings in Cote d'Ivoire
  • Southern Sudan HIV/AIDS infections on the rise
  • Journalists held for boycotting Sudan inauguration
  • Dr. Ismail meets Obasanjo, Discuss Sudanese-Nigerian Relations
  • President of Malawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia expected to arrive in Khartoum Thursday morning
  • Sudan's Bashir Sworn In to Another 5-Year Term
  • President Mohamed Ould Abdel Azizof Mauritania arrives in Khartoum
  • Kenyan Vice President Musyoka Arrives in Khartoum to Take Part in inaguartion of President Al-Bashir
  • Kingsport helps Sudanese town design land use plan
  • Dialogue, co-op vital to end Nile row
  • Intn'l court reports Sudan to UN
  • Qatari Prime Minister and Dr. Salahuddin Review Developments in Peace Process in Darfur
  • President Al-Bashir Congratulates Premier Zenawi on Winning of his Party in the Ethiopian Elections
  • Minister of Interior Meets Wali of North Kordofan State
  • Sudan slams Human Rights Watch
  • Sudan charges opposition journalist with terrorism
  • Dr. Ismail: UN, AU, Arab League and OIC will Participate in Al-Bashir's Inauguration
  • Dr. Nafie: New Government will be One of United Programme and Vision
  • SDU (UK & I) Ireland Chapter meeting
  • Washington DC Marchers Protest Darfur Genocide
  • Egypt's Citadel starts power project for Sudan cement plant
  • Rwanda: Dialogue Will Resolve the Nile Water Dispute
  • Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tahir Nominated as Speaker of National Assembly
  • Al-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik: Unity shall be the Best Choice for Southern Citizens
  • Dr. Al-Jaz Launches Electricity Project for Northern Rural Area of Khartoum North
  • Dr. Nafie: Sudanese Workers' Trade Union Federation Plays the Greatest Role in Facing Tyranny
  • Sudanese authorities shut newspaper in crackdown
  • Salva Kiir receives message from Secretary General of the Arab League
  • UN Names Countries, Groups Using Child Soldiers
  • Salva Kiir Inaugurated As President of South Sudan
  • Kiir Pledges to Work for Making Unity the Attractive Option
  • Salva Kiir Sworn in as President of the Government of South Sudan
  • Second Sudanese opposition leader arrested: family
  • Darfur rebels say 200 killed in clashes with army
  • Egyptian Irrigation Minister Declares Joint Sudanese - Egyptian Vision that Includes their Rights on Use of Nile Water
  • Arab - Chinese Cooperation Forum Lauds Sudan Elections
  • Sudan and Egypt Agree to Continue Efforts to Unite Nile Basin Countries
  • Darfur rebel leader's 19-hour standoff ends
  • SUDAN: Key post-referendum issues
  • Debts of Sudan Amount to 37.7 Billion US dollars, IMF Agree to Negotiate with Sudan
  • Slva Kiir Receives Written Message from Eritrean President
  • Dr. Fedail Conveys Message from President Al-Bashir to Ethiopian Prime Minister
  • American woman among 3 aid workers kidnapped in Darfur
  • Darfur Jem leader Khalil Ibrahim stopped in Chad
  • Analysis: Ten years of talks - and still no resolution to Nile controversy
  • Chad Rejects Entry of Khalil Ibrahim to its Territories, Declared him Persona non-Grata Deby to Visit Sudan next Week
  • Dean of Bar Association: Israel Aims to spliting South Sudan
  • Taha Affirms State Commitment to Expand Security and Stability all over the Country
  • SUDAN: Bol Manyiel, "I can still buy more guns with my remaining cattle"
  • Salva Kiir, USAID Official Discuss Food Security Situation
  • U.S. Starts $55 Million Agriculture Program in Southern Sudan
  • Sudan: Govt Arrests Top Bashir Critic
  • Secretary General of the Assembly calls on the Elected Deputies to Attend Procedural Sitting
  • SUDAN: Disarmament doubts in Lakes State
  • Egypt police kill Sudanese migrant near Israel border
  • Sudanese army seizes Jebel Moun JEM base
  • Sudan Arrests Islamist Opposition Leader Turabi
  • Agricultural Bank finalizes preparations to inaugurate 12 branches in Gezira State to focus on micro finance
  • In Phone Call with Al-Qaddafi: President Al-Bashir Affirms Progress of Sudanese - Chadian Relations
  • Fishing festival promotes Sudans fish resources