5 December 2013

Sudan: Towns Bombed and Homes Torched in South Kordofan

press release

New DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and analysis confirms the latest campaign of large-scale aerial bombardments and ground attacks in South Kordofan, Sudan. Satellite imagery of destruction, including bomb craters and burned dwellings in Buram and Dilling counties, reveals the aftermath of clashes between Sudanese government and rebel forces in late November.

In Buram county, DigitalGlobe imagery shows evidence of craters that appeared between November 13 and 19, 2013 in the village of Tanasa. Craters that appeared in nearby Reka are consistent with aerial bombardment and are about 6.5 meters, or 21 feet, in diameter. Imagery from November 24 also shows destruction in areas northwest of Buram county in Dilling, where at least 142 structures, mostly huts and tents, were visibly damaged and burned. DigitalGlobe analysts observed an active fire in Kundukr near the burned dwellings and a battalion-size SAF unit southwest of town with vehicles in line for refueling.

John Prendergast, Co-Founder of the Satellite Sentinel Project and the Enough Project said:

"The latest series of air strikes and ground attacks in Sudan has pushed thousands of people from their homes. The impact on civilians exacerbates the already growing humanitarian crisis across Sudan that has left civilian populations, including women and young children, at great risk."

Akshaya Kumar, Sudan and South Sudan Analyst at the Enough Project added:

"Indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations have become a hallmark of the Sudanese government's approach to fighting its war against the rebels. These attacks signal that the Sudanese army is continuing its divisive and deadly strategy to repress and destroy the opposition and the people who live in those areas."

Read the full report, "Up in Flames: Towns Bombed and Homes Torched in South Kordofan".

View or download the satellite imagery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/enoughproject/sets/72157638386999753/

#T he Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, a partnership between the Enough Project and DigitalGlobe, conducts monitoring of the border between Sudan and South Sudan to assess the human security situation, identify potential threats to civilians, and detect, deter and document war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Enough Project provides field research, policy context, and communications strategy. DigitalGlobe provides imagery from its constellation of satellites and geospatial analysis from the DigitalGlobe Analysis Center. SSP is funded primarily by Not On Our Watch.

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