Deteriorating situation reported in Nubah Mountains

Deteriorating situation reported in Nubah Mountains


June 8, 2001

A large government offensive in the Nubah Mountains, which started on 17 May
and was ended by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) about four days
ago, has raised of issues of great concern to aid agencies, humanitarian
sources told IRIN on Thursday.

In a statement issued on 25 May, the Sudanese armed forces claimed it had
retaken nine localities in the Nubah Mountains from the SPLA, according to
the official news agency SUNA.

The statement said that troops had freed civilians who were being used as
human shields and seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition.

There had been long-range artillery shelling for 15 consecutive days,
including the shelling of airstrips used by humanitarian flights, according
to sources in close contact with southern Sudan.

IRIN was told of reliable reports that villages, food, schools and churches
were burned, many civilians killed or kidnapped, and thousands of people

The food security situation was now very bad in the Nubah Mountains and
there were real fears of starvation, the sources added.

"La natura ha messo in comune tutte le cose
 per l'uso di tutti,
l'usurpazione ha fatto il diritto privato" -
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