We the Parties to this Agreement, the Government of the Republic of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Nuba;
RECALLING the agreement reached between our representatives during the meetings which took place in Sudan from 6th - 13th of December 2001, to immediately observe and extend the current military stand-down and to apply it to the Nuba Mountains to facilitate the negotiation of the cease-fire and the relief and rehabilitation program;
On 28 October 2001 many Nuba returnees from SPLA areas who had settled in Koufa and Kanga in western Kadugli two months ago were forcibly removed to "peace camps" situated around Kadugli. This operation came at a time when people were preparing to harvest their crops, which were only a few weeks away from being ripe.
Nuba Survival appeals to the international community in particular the European Union and other industrial nations to be actively involved in developing the Nuba Mountains region, which has suffered severely from the war in Sudan.
For more than a decade the people of the Nuba Mountains have been waiting for this moment as they have been desperate for humanitarian relief. They have been denied the right to assistance due to the Government of Sudan (GoS) policy of preventing access to the international humanitarian agencies to the area.
The Ru’ya Association (RA) is a non-profit Nuba women’s organisation established on 11 November 2001 by Nuba graduate women and is registered in Sudan. The organisation’s philosophy is to assist Nuba women students and graduates to progress in universities and postgraduate studies, and to empower them, by giving them training in leadership, self-motivation and socio-economic development, to build a peaceful, stable and better society. The highest body is a General Assembly, which consists of 105 members.