From the Field: Sudanese Air Strikes Threaten Humanitarian Efforts in South Sudan

Amnesty International is currently on a research mission in Sudan. This post is part of a series.

Juba, South Sudan

Indiscriminate bombing by Sudanese forces threatens humanitarian efforts in South Sudan's refugee camps. © Pete Muller

Hopes that last week’s South Sudanese decision to withdraw forces from the Heglig oil fields in Sudan would reduce the tension between the two countries seem to have been dashed.

Sudan had responded to seizure of Heglig by South Sudanese forces with a significant increase in sorties and bombing raids by Antonov and MiG aircraft across northern South Sudan.

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From the Field: Researchers Reveal Human Rights Crisis Behind Political Spat in South Sudan

Refugees in South Sudan worry they will be forgotten amid sabre-rattling between Sudan and South Sudan © Pete Muller

Amnesty International is currently on a research mission in Sudan. This post is part of a series.

Juba, South Sudan

“Have they forgotten about us?”
-    Sudanese refugee, Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan

The spectre of war between Sudan and South Sudan has loomed large during our time at the Yida refugee camp over the past week.

Along the increasingly tense border, the mounting conflict between the two countries has loomed in the background as both a distant spectacle and a sinister threat.

But many refugees are concerned that amidst the spiraling possibility of war, they feel increasingly forgotten.

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From the Field: Researchers Find Education At Risk in South Sudan

Nuba children take shelter from the sun at South Sudan's isolated Pariang refugee camp. © Pete Muller

Amnesty International is currently on a research mission in Sudan. This post is part of a series.

Pariang refugee camp, South Sudan – 17 April 2012

Pariang refugee camp lies in a desolate part of South Sudan, an hour’s drive from Yida, where more than 1,900 secondary school students from Southern Kordofan have come to continue their schooling.

Education is highly valued amongst the Nuba population of Southern Kordofan. Most students travelled to Pariang unaccompanied, leaving their families behind in conflict-torn Southern Kordofan, where the constant drone of Antonov aircraft – driving home the threat of aerial bombardment – forced many schools to close.

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From the Field: Amnesty Mission to South Sudan

Amnesty International is currently on a research mission in Sudan. This post is part of a series.

Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan – April 16, 2012

Displaced people from Sudan's Southern Kordofan State wait to register at Yida refugee camp. © Pete Muller

For the past 10 months, some 20,000 refugees from Sudan’s conflict-ravaged Southern Kordofan State have fled across the increasingly volatile border to Yida, an isolated refugee camp just inside newly independent South Sudan.

They have escaped a terrifying campaign of aerial bombardments and ground attacks unleashed by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), which has been fighting pitched battles since last June against the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) for control of Southern Kordofan.

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