Sudan’s Commitment to Peace Made Clear…
If you have been a reader of my blog you know of my relationship with Ryan Boyette and his unique reporting for the global media on the ongoing situation in Sudan and South Sudan. This is his latest report sent to me by email this morning. By way of background, Ryan lives with his Sudanese wife in the Nuba region which is a part of Sudan that borders with the new country of South Sudan. You can follow the story at this site that Ryan and others report at and he will have further updates there as they become avaialbe. I have highlighted in bold particularly striking aspects of Ryan’s latest report.
At exactly 10:30am on Thursday, September 27, 2012 the Sudan Government dropped 6 bombs on the village of Heiban. What makes this bombing unique is that every Thursday is market day in Heiban and as many as 2,000 civilians come from all over Nuba to the market on this day to sell what little possessions they have to get money to purchase food for their families. Six civilians were badly injured in the bombing and 1 woman was killed.
The other fact that makes this bombing unique is that it happened within the same hour that Sudan was signing an agreement with South Sudan. At the very time that the pen was on the paper the plane was in the air with the mission to bomb one of the largest weekly markets in Nuba. Sudan claims that the South Kordofan conflict is a proxy of South Sudan. It seems to me that the agreement in Addis is distracting from a conflict that is taking place right now.
We have more details to come as well as video footage and pictures with GPS coordinates of the bombing.