Political Passivity and Humanitarian Decay

Refugees wait for food supplies on border of Chad and Sudan.

Refugees wait for food and shelter in South Darfur

A few years ago, while reading a random review of a television series in the LA Times, I came across a statement that will resonate with me forever: “Tragedy lurks in the corner of every decision… tragedy doesn’t always just occur, sometimes it accumulates.”  With respect to the escalating violence and eroding conditions in Darfur, and the border regions of Blue Nile, Abyei, and Nuba mountains, the international community is responsible for the tragedy that lurks behind their collective indecision and inaction.   In the wake of Mohamed Suleiman’s recent letter to President Obama, any news of the continually deteriorating conditions for the people in these targeted areas is especially poignant.  For many of the victims that manage to escape the aerial bombings, burning of villages, and gunfire, life only gets worse in the IDP camps or other areas in which they seek refuge.

A Few Numbers..

There are approximately two million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Darfur.  Of these, 1.4 million live in refugee camps, and over three million need some type of humanitarian assistance.  The UN estimates that 300,000 people have fled Darfur in 2013 alone.  This is over twice the number of  IDPs than in the past two years.   Over a million people have been displaced or otherwise traumatized (having homes or means of survival destroyed, women being raped..)  in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile (border areas that became targets due to their supposed alliances with the Southern Provinces and the SPLM). Read more of this post

Oil Tensions Flare, Residents Flee

615Many have said that the fighting in Sudan is now under control. However, the recent events in the oil-rich town of Abyei prove that such a statement is premature and utterly false.

Clashes broke out between Northern soldiers and Southern police Friday, leaving at least one dead and several others injured. Gunshots continued to be heard throughout the weekend. However, no additional injury reports were filed.

90% of town residents fled out of fear for their safety and the possible rejuvenation of civil war tensions. Approximately 10,000 of those residents had just returned to Abyei after previously fleeing from local fighting.

After moving forward slightly, these individuals are now back to the starting line on the road to rebuilding their lives and restoring some sense of stability.