The most devastating atrocities that human beings are capable of are happening in all corners of Sudan and have been for decades. It is one of the worst tragedies of human history. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in violent attacks and mass killings and millions have been displaced from their homes. Humanitarian aid and intervention has been banned by governments, creating even more tragedy for the Sudanese people. With the civil war between North and South Sudan at the forefront of consciousness, conflict in the western region of Sudan in Darfur, between tribes in South Sudan, and all the way to the eastern regions of the country wages on.
The situation is made worse for civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile as the threat of famine becomes a reality. Much of the violence happened during the planting and harvesting seasons. Rebel groups continue to undermine the food stores for civilians. In the wake of this, the help of short term, and immediate humanitarian aid is crucial for the survival of those targeted. The Government of Sudan has refused to allow food aid and medical assistance to those civilians in Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North areas. The armed forces of Sudan’s government also target civilians they suspect to be linked to the SPLM-N directly with mass killings as evidenced by mass gravesites detected via satellite. The Sudanese government has a tragic history of perpetrating violence in all states. Bombings, mass sexual assault and rape, starvation and the prevention of humanitarian aid are the cornerstones of its domestic policy. As a participant on Alternative Break, the denial of aid is especially heart wrenching. Knowing that there are groups out that have the capacity to help those in direct danger of starvation or violence but can’t do anything about it is infuriating and frustrating and heartbreaking. I am so blown away by the perseverance of Sudanese students that protest and are fighting for their rights in the face of extreme violence and danger. The question that keeps circling and has yet to make a touchdown is what can we do?