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DELETE-DUPLICATE_Rights Groups says Catastrophe Looms in Southern Kordofan


Residents gather outside United Nations Mission in Sudan sector headquarters, where as many as 40,000 people have fled fighting in the region, in Kadugli town, capital city of South Kurdufan State, Sudan, June 9, 2011 (file photo)

Amnesty International and Human Rights watch is calling on the government of Sudan to give access to international humanitarian aid agencies to reach civilians trapped in front line.

Amnesty International and Human Rights watch is calling on the government of Sudan to give access to international humanitarian aid agencies to reach civilians trapped in the fighting between Sudan armed forces and Sudan people’s liberation army northern sector in southern Kordofan

The group released a document today with detailed accounts from eye witnesses in southern Kordofan who claim that Sudan government planes are continuing bombing civilians in villages around Kadguli town.

Human rights desk officer for Sudan, Jehanne Henry says she witnessed Sudan armed forces bombing civilian targets in one of the villages. She said the population in areas controlled by the Sudan people liberation army is in dire basic human needs. She further warns of a loom humanitarian catastrophe in the area.

Voa’s John Tanza reached Jehanne Henry earlier today in New York and began by asking her to give the description of the situation in southern Kordofan.

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
     
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
     
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon

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