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Warnings of an explosive situation in eastern Sudan: report

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December 10, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The security situation in eastern Sudan is a “volcano waiting to erupt” due to continued marginalization and prevalence of arms, according to sources cited by a UN media agency.

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A Beja man in the rebel-controlled area of eastern Sudan near the Eritrean border (IRIN)

The grossly-underdeveloped region of eastern Sudan was the scene of an armed conflict that erupted in 1994 between the Sudanese government and a clutch of tribal groups accusing it of neglecting the region. The conflict ended in October 2006 with a peace deal brokered by the Eritrean government which had previously supported the rebels.

However, some of rebel factions of the Bejas, who form the largest ethnic group in the region, rejected the deal and recently joined the ranks of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), an umbrella group comprising rebels from the western region of Darfur and southern regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

In declaring its decision to join the SRF, which aims to overthrow the government of president Al-Bashir, the Beja Congress said that the “misery and suffering of the [Beja] people is increasing due to poverty, starvation and other deadly diseases. The ruling regime in Sudan is subjecting its people to humiliation and tyranny. They are arrogant and killing the marginalized people. ”

In a report published on Thursday by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), an online news service affiliated to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, local and UN officials in the region sounded the alarm over growing discontent in the region.

According to an unnamed UN official quoted in the report, the situation in eastern Sudan is like a “volcano waiting to erupt.”

He reported that Beja soldiers are gathered in the Hamid town on the borders with Eritrea, saying that a conflict similar to those seen in Blue Nile and South Kordofan could erupt in Kassala state “within a few months.”

The UN source also referred to reports that surfaced three months ago in the media about a military buildup in the area by a dissident faction of the Beja Congress led by Omer Mohamed Taher

Sudanese officials at the time dismissed the reports and expressed confidence that the situation in the region was stable.

IRIN pointed out that the prevalence of arms in the region increases the risk, citing a local official who said that the disarmament process that was conducted after the peace deal only managed to gather guns and ammunitions from some of the fighters “not the majority.”

In mid October, Kassala state saw a wave of students protests that was sparked by worsening economic conditions. The unrest resulted in the injury of a few students.

According to Ahmed Tirik, a member of parliament cited by IRIN, the situation in Kassala is “unpredictable.”

(ST)

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  • 10 December 2011 08:05, by J P Puok

    Go ahead, let what come may !

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    • 10 December 2011 08:24, by SeekingTruth

      BEJA CONGRESS: "MISERY AND SUFFERING OF THE ( BEJA) PEOPLE IS INCREASING DUE TO POVERTY, STARVATION AND OTHER DEADLY DISEASES. THE RULING REGIME IN SUDAN IS SUBJECTING ITS PEOPLE TO HUMILIATION AND TYRANNY. THEY ARE ARROGANT AND KILLING THE MARGINALIZED PEOPLE."....A VOLCANIC IS BOUT ERUPT INDEED EVERYWHERE IN SUDAN. LET’S SEE HOW LONG THE FUGITIVES KEEP PLAYING THIS GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK FOR.

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      • 10 December 2011 08:59, by Sam.Eto

        SSLA: "MISERY AND SUFFERING OF THE ( SOUTHERN SUDANESE) PEOPLE IS INCREASING DUE TO POVERTY, STARVATION AND OTHER DEADLY DISEASES. THE RULING REGIME IN SSUDAN IS SUBJECTING ITS PEOPLE TO HUMILIATION AND TYRANNY. THEY ARE ARROGANT AND KILLING THE MARGINALIZED PEOPLE."....A VOLCANIC IS BOUT ERUPT INDEED EVERYWHERE IN SUDAN. LET’S SEE HOW LONG THE FUGITIVES KEEP PLAYING THIS GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK FOR

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        • 10 December 2011 11:39, by SeekingTruth

          SAM, ARE YOU FEELING THE HEAT RIGHT? WELL, GOD IS WATCHING UP ON THESE MARGINALIZED PEOPLE.

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          • 10 December 2011 12:16, by Logic

            Seeking Truth

            People like Sam are the arrogant type that the article mentioned, they think they own the country and everything in it! Its just a matter of time before they’ll be wishing they had chosen a different path.

            One of equality, inclusivity, tolerance and brotherly spirit. But unfortunately some of them will go to their grave with their bigoted mentalities.

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            • 10 December 2011 14:42, by mohammed ali

              Logic, TS,I think you simply blind! Look at this terrified child and feel for your heart and see if you have one!This the genocide which the CIA director was warning of. All men were kille again here; and the other tribe had been disarmed! Who disarmed them? Dinka Dominated SPLA will tell you who disarmed you!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHMfo80suXE

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              • 10 December 2011 15:53, by SeekingTruth

                WHAT IS FUNNY IS HOW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY WOULD DEHUMANIZED CERTAIN PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE: http://youtu.be/X_y4Frm_qcY

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                • 10 December 2011 18:01, by mohammed ali

                  ST, these are rebells who are figting on your side, and getting support from the " fishy" humanaterian organisons, so as to get more land added to your country; so as to be able a hectar of fertile land for0.004 of a cent.True Nubians are fighting to retain their land.It is true that we Nubian have a history of more than 7000 years this land is our Nuba land, but our brothers in the mountain ..co

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                  • 10 December 2011 18:08, by mohammed ali

                    ..had seperated themselves from the rest of Nubians in Alwa " soba" and Mauria " dongola" kingdoms 2500 years ago, very lon before the Arabs came to Sudan. In the far North Sudan people still speak Nubian language. Nylotic tribes were never part of north Sudan, as your reports clearly tells us.Nubian were never repulsed southward,Arabs never invaded Sudan, Nubian remain in the north to date!

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                    • 10 December 2011 18:13, by mohammed ali

                      ST, if you love Nubian that much, donnot take their land. Jau is under SK administration even before independce, it toom part in the election as north sudan, and didn’t paticipated in your referundum.If you have claims, let us demarcate , no need for war!You can not fight it and you will never win!Negotiate and donnot fight to increase the suffering of the innocent poor people!

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                      • 14 December 2011 12:17, by Sam.Eto

                        The state government of Kassala has received an official apology from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the report that was published about Kassala saying (The east is "a volcano waiting to erupt”).

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                    • 14 December 2011 12:15, by Sam.Eto

                      http://www.sd.undp.org/
                      The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan categorically denies association with information published in several media outlets under the title ‘Sudan: security ‘volcano’ ready to blow in the east,’ No UNDP Sudan staff has made such statements.

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                      • 14 December 2011 12:16, by Sam.Eto

                        Journalistic norms, therefore, requires that any media outlet that has published such information should disassociate UNDP from these articles.

                        I.E LAIRS LIKE ST who publish any crap about Sudan.

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  • 10 December 2011 08:05, by George Bol

    The fundamental problems of Sudan( Dr John Garang de Mabior).
    This is a time for Khartoum under Bashier to accept the problem in all fronts in their Sudan.

    Now, SPLA-our mother and father army is advancing to take the aggressors out of the South Sudan and the time Nuba,Beja, Funji,and Darfur to gather NCP and remainders of Khartoum. Thanks

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  • 10 December 2011 08:05, by omoni jr.

    No peace in North sudan until all fake Arabs are no longer in sudan

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    • 10 December 2011 08:13, by Sir. Nostalgic

      Dear President Kiir, please don’t be a sleeping man, so if you want Republic of South Sudan be like Israel then you have to be militarily strong and we are ready to fight Khartoum again because we need Abyei and some parts of Sudan which were formerly parts of South Sudan according to 1956 border. It is good that our army took over the town, Congratulations SPLA!

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      • 10 December 2011 08:26, by Frak Cho

        What a breaking News.
        Beja, Funji, Nuba and Darfur people, you are not conducting a war of freedom, other wise you should start the at the same at all fronts. Why You do you let Sudan crash you one after another. Look it was Abyei, South Kardufon, then south Blue Nile next is Eastern Sudan. Please watch out!

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    • 10 December 2011 09:02, by Sam.Eto

      Do you think before you say such stupid things. Arabs make up more than 60% of Sudan. They are a Majority. 48% of Sudan when it was united. What do you mean no longer in Sudan you clown. How about South Sudan will never be in peace until all Dinka are no longer in South Sudan. Sounds stupid doesnt it. Boy some people have a low IQ. Big Mouths - No substance

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      • 10 December 2011 09:30, by Green

        @ sam!
        I dont know your IQ, but if you call, Bashir an Arabs, than there is problem with your IQ! So stop judeging others IQ. the problem in sudan is like, the notion of these who believe that, they are color blind! But really do you believe those pple, color blind, doesnt see colors? There is a problem but ppl dont want to work for it.Denial of facts, and rights to live, is part of problem in su

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      • 10 December 2011 09:37, by Yanga Wani

        What do means "Dinkas are no longer in South Sudan"? My brother, you better called yourself dummy and stupid person. All tribes in South Sudan created South Sudan.

        Yanga Wani

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      • 10 December 2011 12:33, by Logic

        60% of N. Sudan are Arabs, where do you get your fake stats from! Maybe Arabized Africans but definitely not Arabs, the real Arabs of N. Sudan don’t even make up 10% (Rashyada, Biny Amer and a couple of off shoot tribes in the northern triangle.

        When Sudan was united it was nowhere near 48%, and even if that was accurate it would still indicate the majority were Africans.

        Stop dreaming.

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        • 10 December 2011 14:50, by mohammed ali

          Logic, what difference does it make Arab or Arabized? We donnot give a damp to race , we are created same and equal by the ONE god and we all stand infront of him equal and same from Europe. Asia, Africa in the holliest place on Earth in Mekkah in millions! What you do is what matters, not what is your race,or colour! Racism is" wrotten" in the words of Prophit Mohammed!

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        • 10 December 2011 18:44, by mohammed ali

          Logic, Bany Amir are part of the hadandwa or Beja tribe, the are not like Rashayda who came to Sudan reletively recently!

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  • 10 December 2011 08:57, by mohammed ali

    You better go and investigate the genocide , enslavement of children and rape of women in Jongoli , as you have been orderd by the UN, before commenting about the something you hope to happen in East Sudan!

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    • 10 December 2011 09:16, by Green

      @Ali!
      A doctor cannt cure someone unless, they really know the problem first! For North sudan to be in peace, find the problem first? what is the problem? it’s not, either s.suadan,Dafure, blue, nubian? Non these is not a problem in sudan. there is a problem, you will not solve unknow problem by guns!It doesnt matter how strong is the SAF! they’ll not solve that problem! I’m honest with you!

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    • 10 December 2011 11:41, by SeekingTruth

      MOHAMMED, ARE U FEELING THE HEAT RIGHT? WELL, GOD IS WATCHING UP ON THESE MARGINALIZED SUDANESE YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DEMONIZED FOR DECADES.

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