Sudan past the brink
The situation in Sudan is, to put it mildly, not good. While Khartoum and Juba came to an agreement on temporary status for Abyei earlier today (full text here), increasingly alarming reports from South Kordofan and its Nuba Mountains suggest that the situation will get much, much worse before it improves. UNOCHA's daily reports on the situation there suggest that a targeted campaign against the Nuba is being carried out. It is not an exaggeration to say that what is happening in Sudan today could eclipse the scale of the humanitarian tragedies in Syria, Yemen, and Libya.
Here is some of the best reporting and analysis I've seen on the situation in recent days. Please feel free to add other links and suggestions in the comments.
- Julie Flint should be your go-to source on all things North-South Sudan. She knows the region incredibly well. Check out her analysis of the North's fight against the Nuba here.
- The Pulitzer Center's Rebecca Hamilton presents an alarming photograph from South Kordofan. She also notes the importance of understanding this fighting from Khartoum's perspective, and that the North-South split has serious - and poorly understood - implications for Khartoum's legitimacy. Finally, Hamilton covers the horrifying situation that has unfolded in Abyei in recent weeks.
- Need a solid backgrounder on the issues? IKV Pax Christi published an excellent and prescient report on the Nuba Mountains in January. Entitled "The Nuba Mountains: Central to Sudan's Stability," it is well worth the read.
- As always, the SSRC/RAS blog Making Sense of Sudan is providing excellent updates, analysis, and perspectives. Naomi Pendle has "A Letter from Warrap State," Charlie Clements analyzes Abyei, and Ahmed Hassan has on-the-ground perspective from South Kordofan.