The voting continues in the Sudan. It’s hard to get the truth out of folks. This article just upsets me. “A UN source speaking on condition of anonymity”…really? really??? This comes from an MSNBC article. So let’s see let’s lie and say things are going well when they are killing each other. The UN must save face right? or is it George Clooney? Or just whom?
As I said yesterday, I didn’t have high hopes for no violence, and we don’t know exactly how much is going to happen, but that the UN source can only tell what’s happening on promise of anonymity is disgraceful Aren’t the supposed to be the ones reporting what’s happening.
The second article comes from the Nation which I trust more than MSNBC. Still says that there are areas where the killing has started. It’s not that I’m blood thirsty, I pray for peace, but I know the hatred that runs deep within tribes. The resources in the Sudan are located in the south, so what’s in it for the north to give up gracefully? Pray people, pray.
“This is their last attempt to try to disrupt the voting process but they will not succeed,” Aguer said.
Misseriya leader Mokhtar Babo Nimr told Reuters 13 of his men had died in Sunday’s violence and accused southerners of starting the fighting.
“They attacked us because they don’t want the Arabs to go south to water their herds but the cattle need water and they will go. If they continue to stop us going south this fighting will continue.”
A U.N. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there had been another clash in the village of Todach on Monday morning.
In another sign of tension, Aguer said two men — a Ugandan and a northern army soldier — were arrested with four boxes holding
700 rounds of AK-47 ammunition in the southern capital Juba on Sunday night.
The northern army’s spokesman, al-Sawarmi Khaled, on Monday denied any link to the ammunition or the clashes.
Janjaweed The Sudanese president’s regime is accused of unleashing Arab militias known as janjaweed, against rebels in the Western Darfur region which have committed atrocities against ethnic African towns and villages. The U.N. says some 300,000 people have died since 2003. The government denies backing the janjaweed and says the death figures are inflated.
Southerners, who mainly define themselves as African, have long resented their underdevelopment, accusing the northern Arab-dominated government of taking their oil revenues without investing in the south.
Southern Sudan is among the world’s poorest regions. The entire France-sized region has only 30 miles of paved roads. Because only 15 percent of southern Sudan’s 8.7 million people can read, the ballot choices were as simple as could be: a drawing of a single hand marked “separation” and another of clasped hands marked “unity.”
Independence won’t be finalized until July, and many issues are yet to be worked out. They include north-south oil rights, water rights to the White Nile, border demarcation and the status of the contested region of Abyei, a north-south border region where the biggest threat of a return to conflict exists.
Most of Sudan’s oil is in the south, while the pipelines to the sea run through the north, tying the two regions together economically.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The Nation Kenya’s national paper
JUBA, January 10, 2011 (AFP) – The feuding Misseriya Arab and Ngok Dinka peoples of the disputed Sudan district of Abyei on Monday both reported heavy losses in clashes over the past three days totalling at least 33 dead.