Nuba Vision

Volume 1, Issue 2, November 2001

Mass Detentions and Fear of Extra-judicial Executions in Western Kadugli

Reports from reliable sources in Dilling have just came in alleging that on 30 September members of the Government security intelligence detained more than 300 civilians from villages in Korongo, Abusunoon and Sugolle on suspicion of being SPLA sympathisers. No one knows the whereablouts of these people and it is feared that their lives are at risk of persecution. Many civilians fled from the area to seek safety in the nearby mountain tops.

In another report thousands of Nuba retainees from SPLA areas settled 2 months ago in Koufa and Kanja were forcefully removed on 10th October to the "peace camps" situated around Kadugli.

This operation came at the time when people are preparing to harvest their crops which are only a few weeks away from being cultivated. The government armed forces usually begin their attacks on villages when their harvest is ready for collection which means that the destruction of harvests has become part of a well established policy to starve the Nuba and force them to submission. Food is being used as a weapon of war in the area. This mean that these villagers will never be able to go back to their villages and their crops will be destroyed by the soldiers.

While the world’s attention is focused on the US disaster and the effects of America attacking Afghanistan, the Sudanese Government is taking this opportunity to try to crush SPLA in the Nuba Mountains and to derive Nuba out of their ancestral lands. The Government two weeks ago embarked on a programme of arming Nuba in Western Kadugli to go and fight their next of kin (full account in Nuba fighting Nuba) which is a policy known as ‘kill a slave with a slave’.

Nuba Vision urges the international community not to let the regime in Khartoum to get away with this mass killing of innocent civilians when the world now is united to fight such brutal killings of innocent people as those who died in the attack on the World Trade Centre and also to stop the GoS destroying Nuba and their cultural identity.