News

    Sudan's Bashir Escalates Threat of War Against South

    Supporters wave Sudanese flags as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during a rally at the ruling National Congress Party  headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2012.
    Supporters wave Sudanese flags as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during a rally at the ruling National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2012.

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is threatening war against South Sudan, as fighting continues along the two countries' border.

    On Wednesday, Bashir vowed to crush South Sudan's government, likening the South's ruling SPLM party to an insect.

    Addressing another rally Thursday, he said Sudan will teach the South's government "a lesson by force," and vowed to retake the oil-producing town of Heglig, which southern forces occupied last week.

    Bashir added that "Heglig is not the end, but the beginning."

    The U.S., China, and other world powers have called on Sudan and South Sudan to stop fighting and resume peace talks - so far with little effect.


    The countries' troops battled Tuesday night near the town of Meiram, located in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state. South Sudan's military spokesman, Philip Aguer, reported more fighting along the border Thursday.

    The two countries have been unable to resolve disputes over borders, oil, and citizenship issues stemming from the south's independence last July. South Sudan shut down all oil production because of a dispute over transit fees to use the north's pipeline and port.

    Currently, Sudan is demanding the South withdraw from Heglig, while South Sudan has condemned Sudan for a series of airstrikes. The countries have also accused each other of supporting rebels on each other's territory.

    Starting in the 1980s, north and south Sudan fought a 21-year civil war that eventually led to southern autonomy and independence.

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: maliah orino
    April 20, 2012 6:22 AM
    according to the british colonial during 1956 on the first independence heglige is a part of borde in south sudan considering the division in between the town countries by british .rather than calling us an insects !remember we are a type of an insects which have function on our country we have no in you rather we are very important insects for others country who like to eat good insects depending on their nice colour.for this i love my country south sudan

    by: faza Gabriel
    April 20, 2012 5:52 AM
    omer el bashire you are calling south sudanese us an insect! thus why insect are cheathing you from Heglige? this Heglige land its NOT apart of North Sudan ! its a land of south sudan ! insulting is better then Action please !

    by: modernsage
    April 19, 2012 11:22 AM
    This madman Bashir should be in jail.He has slaughtered millions of black Africans and he has not stopped.There was haste to arrest Charles Taylor and the other Seirra Leone president ,who had refused to concede an election.There was haste to kill Kaddafi who had been more useful to Africans than this Bashir fool.So why is this fool,being given a free pass to continue the genocide.Why?WHy?WHY?There is an outstanding warrant for his arrest.When do they plan on enforcing it?I

    by: Thicked Off
    April 19, 2012 8:56 AM
    Misery is the hallmark of Africans. These two Sudans have tremendous social problems that requires their respective government's immediate attention, more so in South Sudan. Instead of spending their resources on nation building they have chosen to engage in war, which will require more resources down the road. South Sudan invading North is uncalled for, and needs to be condemned by everyone. South Sudan is another sad case of Liberation Front taking the wrong path.

    by: Michael Manak
    April 19, 2012 8:38 AM
    The map of Panthou (Heglig) above is not correct, that is the version of Khartoum. However, Panthou is directly Northeast of Abyei. Verify this by visiting this website : www.rumbekcommunity.com

    by: James Ruei Majok
    April 19, 2012 8:22 AM
    Why sudan President is crying while his forces are still with him .whom will be blame for capture of Hegliy oil field.please Mr Bashir give south sudanese thier what they are claming like Hegliy and Karasana area and than you will stay free with out bothering from people of Republic of south sudan.

    by: Kissa Dorank almoros
    April 19, 2012 7:38 AM
    The time has come to get rid of the regime of criminals and massacres of millions of victims of innocent Sudanese! UN and the world have to be honest in dealing with Sudan great crises instead of rewarding Omer Bashir's regime for more millions of victims! It hasn't only the South Sudan been crying and alerting for Northern Sudan air bombings, but the people of Blue Nile, Darfur and South Kordofan united in SPLM North for regime change the same as Libyans have done or as Syrians have been doing!

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Unchartered Territoryi
    X
    June 24, 2016 9:38 PM
    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
    Video

    Video Brexit Vote Plunges Global Markets Into Unchartered Territory

    British voters plunged global markets into unknown territory after they voted Thursday to leave the European Union. The results of the Brexit vote, the term coined to describe the referendum, caught many off guard. Analysts say the resulting volatility could last for weeks, perhaps longer. Mil Arcega reports.
    Video

    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.
    Video

    Video Tunisian Fishing Town Searches for Jobs, Local Development Solutions

    As the European Union tries to come to grips with its migrant crisis, some newcomers are leaving voluntarily. But those returning to their home countries face an uncertain future.  Five years after Tunisia's revolution, the tiny North African country is struggling with unrest, soaring unemployment and plummeting growth. From the southern Tunisian fishing town of Zarzis, Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at a search for local solutions.
    Video

    Video 'American Troops' in Russia Despite Tensions

    Historic battle re-enactment is a niche hobby with a fair number of adherents in Russia where past military victories are played-up by the Kremlin as a show of national strength. But, one group of World War II re-enactors in Moscow has the rare distinction of choosing to play western ally troops. VOA's Daniel Schearf explains.
    Video

    Video Experts: Very Few Killed in US Gun Violence Are Victims of Mass Shootings

    The deadly shooting at a Florida nightclub has reignited the debate in the U.S. over gun control. Although Congress doesn't provide government health agencies funds to study gun violence, public health experts say private research has helped them learn some things about the issue. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
    Video

    Video Trump Unleashes Broadside Against Clinton to Try to Ease GOP Doubts

    Recent public opinion polls show Republican Donald Trump slipping behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election matchup for November. Trump trails her both in fundraising and campaign organization, but he's intensifying his attacks on the former secretary of state. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.
    Video

    Video Muslim American Mayor Calls for Tolerance

    Syrian-born Mohamed Khairullah describes himself as "an American mayor who happens to be Muslim." As the three-term mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, he believes his town of 6,000 is an example of how ethnicity and religious beliefs should not determine a community's leadership. Ramon Taylor has this report from Prospect Park.
    Video

    Video Internal Rifts Over Syria Policy Could Be Headache for Next US President

    With the Obama administration showing little outward enthusiasm for adopting a more robust Syria policy, there is a strong likelihood that the internal discontent expressed by State Department employees will roll over to the next administration. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
    Video

    Video Senegal to Park Colorful ‘Cars Rapide’ Permanently

    Brightly painted cars rapide are a hallmark of Dakar, offering residents a cheap way to get around the capital city since 1976. But the privately owned minibuses are scheduled to be parked for good in late 2018, as Ricci Shryock reports for VOA.
    Video

    Video Florida Gets $1 Million in Emergency Government Funding for Orlando

    The U.S. government has granted $1 million in emergency funding to the state of Florida to cover the costs linked to the June 12 massacre in Orlando. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the grant Tuesday in Orlando, where she met with survivors of the shooting attack that killed 49 people. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video How to Print Impossible Shapes with Metal

    3-D printing with metals is rapidly becoming more advanced. As printers become more affordable, the industry is partnering with universities to refine processes for manufacturing previously impossible things. A new 3-D printing lab aims to bring the new technology closer to everyday use. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Big Somali Community in Minnesota Observes Muslim Religious Feast

    Ramadan is widely observed in the north central US state of Minnesota, which a large Muslim community calls home. VOA Somali service reporter Mohmud Masadde files this report from Minneapolis, the state's biggest city.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora