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Satellite imagery tracks Kharoum’s South Kordofan refugee “chokepoint”

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By Toby Collins

January 31, 2012 (LONDON) – The US Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) released a report on 27 January stating that satelitte imagery from South Kordofan may show Kharoum’s forces creating a “chokepoint” for refugees fleeing the area.

Refugees in Yida, South Sudan November 16, 2011 (Getty)

SSP states that “consistent with reports of recent fighting in the area”, satellite imagery appears to show Khartoum’s Sudan Armed Force (SAF), have created “what appears to be a chokepoint, with apparent artillery, main battle tanks, and infantry fighting vehicles controlling the main evacuation route for refugees attempting to flee into South Sudan”.

Sudan activist and Enough Project co-founder, John Prendergast said that 45 km north of the Yida UN refugee camp in South Sudan, an estimated 200,000 civilians are being prevented access to humanitarian aid or access to the the camp by SAF’s “chokepoint”.

A SAF bombing raid on the Yida refugee camp in November 2011 received widspread international condemnation.

Khartoum is engaged in conflict with Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) rebels in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Kharotum accuses South Sudan of backing the SPLM-N.

Enough Project director, John Bradshaw, noted that the activity documented by the satellite is “almost identical to the Government of Sudan’s road-building activity and disposition of forces revealed by satellites in March of last year” - when SAF overran the disputed region of Abyei in May 2011, resulting in the displacement, according to the UN, of nearly 100,000 people.

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  • 2 February 2012 05:31, by Madina Tonj

    I think the only solution left from Khartoum is government change is necessary and it is absolutely possible to happen. This Khartoum regime should not be allow to exist on earth because this is the regime that belief the killing of innocents people will keep them ruling Sudan nation. It is very terrible Idea and need urgency by International community to have involvement that is the only way left

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    • 2 February 2012 06:50, by SeekingTruth

      FOR ITS SIMPLICITY, BASHIR WANT THEM DEAD ALL....CLEARLY ENTHIC CLEANSING IN PLAY. MY GOD! CHOKEPOINT TO KILL THE MOST BONDABLE GROUPS, OLDS, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN.
      BASHIR, BLOODS OF THESE INNOCENT WILL ONE DAY HANGED YOU!

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      • 2 February 2012 07:02, by SeekingTruth

        THE GOV’T THAT WISHES OLDS, WOMEN, CHILDREN OF CERTAIN TRIBES KILLED. THE GOV’T THAT CRACKDOWN ON ITS CITIZENS ON THE DAILY BASIS. THE GOV’T THAT STEALS ANOTHER COUNTRY’S RESOURCES AND SELL IT BY LESS. THE GOV’T THAT REMOVED THOSE GOVERNORS ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE AND REPLACED THEM WITH ITS CROOKS. THE GOV’T THAT’S TOTALLY INDICTED.
        YES, THIS IS THE GOV’T SOME TYPICAL RACISTS SUPPORTED!

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      • 2 February 2012 08:16, by Darkangel

        HEY SudanTribune i have a story you guys missed - Its on every other new oulet for the last 5 days. Israel orders South Sudanese out of its territories and offers them $1100 Euros and a plane ticket - to get the hell out of our country, because your making it dirty !

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        • 2 February 2012 08:26, by Daniel Buolmawei

          Darkangel, It is not media that’s the problem, they are your criminal activities that they are problems. Media just reports what have already done. Why hatred against the media? Do you think you can be allowed to commit attrocities and genocides without being noted and reported? That will be impossible. Reap what you sowed.

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          • 2 February 2012 10:31, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            This so called darkness is stupid and dumb at the same time. does darkness knew that the most mistake and wicked religion in the world is Islam,

            Islam is a very evil and wicked religion. that make fake arab think that you are somthing that you are not,

            Stealing is a big crime in christianity,
            Darkness your country will never be the same against, we accep what you asked, sanction,

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        • 2 February 2012 21:08, by Elijah B. Elkan

          Mr. Darkangel, Are you aware Khartoum half baked uneducated politicians are doing the same north Sudan. At lease Israels government is giving them money to go home unlike Khartoum nothing. Khartoum did not give it’s citizens the option(s) to chose if the want to be North citizens or South citizens. Discrimination never stop with imbeciles of Khartoum.

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