Update from Southern Kordofan, Sudan
November 10, 2011
On November 10, 2011 at 1:30pm a large UN Helicopter landed in Yida Refugee Camp in Unity State, South Sudan, to deliver food to the camp for the first time since the camp was started. After unloading the food, The UN Helicopter took off at about 2:40pm and another UN personnel aircraft landed at the Yida Airstrip 5 minutes later. Immediately at 2:55pm local time, the Sudan Armed Forces bombed the Yida refugee camp. A single Antonov plane made two strafes on the refugee camp. On the first strafe the plane dropped 2 large bombs that landed just on the northern outskirts of the camp. On the second strafe the plane dropped an addition 2 bombs on the camp. The last bomb landed in the middle of the camp school yard but did not explode. The primary school was in session with over 300 students in the school yard. If the bomb had exploded it would have killed and wounded many children. No one was injured or killed by the bombings.
This blog will be updated as new stories appear. For now, here are the main aspects of the story.
Kristof’s blog post with additional photos and details on Ryan and Sudan. The comments section is worth reading as well.
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