News / Africa

Southern Kordofan Lawmakers Quit Sudan's National Assembly

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, third right, talks at the National Assembly in Khartoum, Sudan, July 12, 2011
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, third right, talks at the National Assembly in Khartoum, Sudan, July 12, 2011
John Tanza

Three Southern Kordofan members of National Assembly in Khartoum have resigned, citing the humanitarian crisis in their constituencies as the sole reason for stepping down. Amar Amoun who heads the committee on transport and communication in the assembly said villages in Southern Kordofan are being bombed daily, civilians are living in caves and exposed to hunger and diseases.

He said his visit to Dilling county in Southern Kordofan State exposed what he called a ‘’humanitarian disaster ’’. Amoun said the ruling National Congress Party is responsible for the widespread destruction in villages under the control of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-northern sector.  He said he was touched by the suffering of his people and hence tended his resignation in protest.

Violence erupted in Southern Kordofan in the aftermath of disputed legislative and gubernatorial elections, whose result was declared in favor of the ruling National Congress Party’s candidate Ahmed Haroun.  Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) northern sector's candidate, Abdul Aziz al-Hilu, then alleged the votes were rigged in favor of Haroun and vowed not respect the results.

Human rights organization and international aid agencies have since been denied access to the area and the UN and other aid organizations report massive displacement of civilians and reported government arrest and summary executions of members of the SPLM-northern sector. The Sudan government maintains that it has the capacity to assist the people affected by the conflict in the area.

Amar Amoun’s resignation along with another two lawmakers is the first reaction by national politicians from Southern Kordofan.  Two months ago, Daniel Kodi, a veteran SPLM-north member attempted to mediate between Abdul Aziz Al Hilu and President Omar Al Basir.  Kodi's mediation efforts were ignored by  President Bashir and other leaders within the National Congress Party.

Listen: John Tanza Interview with Amar Amoun, former Southern Kordofan member of parliament.

You May Like

Video On The Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime bombardment, VOA correspondent finds More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid