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Outbreak of Conflict in Blue Nile State Between the Government and SPLM-N

02.09.11

Mass Displacement of Civilians and a New Humanitarian Crisis

In the early hours of the 2nd of September fighting erupted between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), which involved the Joint Integrated Unit (JIU) forces in Blue Nile. Fighting has occured in all of the major cities including Damazin, Kurmuk, Dindro, Olo, Wadwlmahi and Um Darfa. Heavy artillery was used by both forces in the towns endangering the civilian population. The number of those who have been killed or injured has not yet been confirmed; however, the civilian population has been forced to flee the cities of Damazin and Roseries.

Some of those who have fled from Damazin have reached Singa in Sennar State in very bad condition. Demazin is on the Western bank of the Blue Nile. Those who have fled Roseries are said to be heading towards the Ethiopian border and Dindir in Sennar State. There are currently no NGOs that are in place to deliver humanitarian aid to the displaced persons.

Recommendations:

SUDO (UK) calls on all parties to the conflict to respect international human rights and humanitarian law. All those involved should refrain from seeking to use tribal identity to exacerbate the conflict and should observe the signed agreements.

SUDO (UK) is calling for humanitarian assistance to be provided to those displaced by the conflict.

SUDO(UK) is also calling on all of Sudanese civil society to engage and advocate for peace and reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Blue Nile.

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