News / Africa

SPLM-North Maps Strategy at South Kordofan Meeting

SPLM North rebels practice with a mortar as others watch along the border in South Kordofan, Sudan.SPLM North rebels practice with a mortar as others watch along the border in South Kordofan, Sudan.
x
SPLM North rebels practice with a mortar as others watch along the border in South Kordofan, Sudan.
SPLM North rebels practice with a mortar as others watch along the border in South Kordofan, Sudan.
Carol Van Dam Falk
Sudanese armed forces continue to bomb parts of South Kordofan and Blue Nile state, charging that civilians are harboring rebels, who have been fighting Khartoum for more than a year.

Leaders of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-North) held a meeting in South Kordorfan earlier this week with civil administrators from areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile State that are under their control. 

American Ryan Boyette lives in South Kordofan. He worked for an NGO there, an organization that left when the fighting began.  Boyette married a Nuba woman and decided to stay.  He started Nuba Reports, a website that describes itself as “a network of citizen reporters dedicated to covering the war along the Nuba Mountains.”

Boyette was at this week’s SPLM-North meeting.  He spoke from South Kordofan via Skype, telling South Sudan in Focus editor Carol Van Dam the meeting was called to map out strategy, both militarily and politically.

It was all military commanders and civil administrators," he said. "The main reason they came together was to sit down through a democratic process and elect a council to oversee civil administration [and] deal with the problems of food and health administration in the areas they control."

Boyette said they decided at the meeting how the SPLA-North would defend the people living in South Kordofan and Blue Nile State in the coming year.

“Also, they decided how they would deal with these civil issues I mentioned before, taking care of their people," he said.

Boyette said it is clear the SPLM-North is preparing for a long fight. An agreement reached between the rebels and Khartoum earlier this month was supposed to pave the way for aid to reach the region.  However, Boyette says that has not happened. 
 
“The agreement said that there would be a temporary cease-fire between both sides so that humanitarian aid could be brought into the region. So far that has not happened," he said.
 
The Sudan government has continued bombing the border area, according to Boyette. He said an assessment team was also supposed to come to the area and assess the needs of the people.

“There’s no sign of an assessment team and there’s no sign of aid getting into the region,” Boyette said.

Boyette said all of the major players of the SPLM-North were at the five-day meeting.

“There was Alik Agar, the chairman of the SPLM-North. There was Yassar Arman, who is the secretary-general of the SPLM-North," he said. "They actually walked for two days to get to the meeting and walked two days to get out.”

Boyette said the meeting marks the first time all SPLM-North generals and civil administrators came together, in the war zone, in one place, since the fighing began in June, 2011. Boyette said he was invited to attend the meeting by SPLM North because of his website, Nuba Reports.

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

'Rumble in the Jungle' Turns 40

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license 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.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid