Fear of riots in Sudan

This past Sunday, NCP-candidate Ahmad Haroun was officially proclaimed the winner of elections by the national election commission. Since 2009 he has been governor of Sudan and is especially known in this country because an international arrest warrant has been issued against him. In the days before, reports appeared on the electoral victory of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army which rules over the future independent South Sudan. However, the reports have not officially been confirmed. Abdul Aziz Adam al-Hilu, head of the SPLA in South Kordofan, is not willing to accept the victory of his competitor and speaks of manipulation. He calls up the supporters of his party to set a sign by celebrating the 28th anniversary of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). The oppositionist Rifaat Al-Mirghani assumes that neither of the parties would accept the results, unless they meet their requests.

People in the South want a democratic government instead of a military domination as they suffer from president Baschir’s corrupt system. Many people of the Nuba mountains have already fought for the SPLM and it is feared that they are going to take up their arms once again. The already tense atmosphere could escalate within the upcoming days. Some shops have already closed due to armed men that were seen in the city during the day. President Bashir promised to accept the independence of the South but there have been many tensions in the past due to the controversial region Abyei – it is especially rich in oil and borders directly to South Kordofan. Al-Mane, another oppositionist, doesn’t believe that the conflict between North and South is going to end and fears a war.

Our team feels the riots in the region of the Nuba mountains. Cap Anamur has been providing medical care for the local people for almost 15 years. In 2001, our team continued its work under severe conditions during fierce battles and have witnessed armistice in January 2002. Now there is another conflict. Bernd Göken, who also worked in Sudan for several years, watches the situation with great concern: “We are in close contact with the team and sincerely hope, that it won’t be necessary to evacuate our employees, as they do important work. Only in the past year they have treated about 70.000 patients.”

Cap Anamur in Sudan

After the referendum of South Sudan’s independence expired in January this year, Cap Anamur has decided to not only continue our work in the Nuba mountains but to enlarge the team as well. A team of 3 technicians and medical professionals are currently in charge of the supply network consisting of 4 health sites as well as the hospital in Lwere. Furthermore, Cap Anamur has been supporting another hospital with currently 50 beds for two weeks.