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Sudan Is Far From Over, Too

February 17, 2011

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Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) waves to the crowd during a rally in Kararey locality at Omdurman February 16, 2011. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Courtesy Reuters)

Sudan has also disappeared from the front pages, despite its historic January 9 referendum vote and continued signs of instability. Earlier this week, militia attacks in Jongeli, an oil rich state in the south, left at least 211 civilians and thirty militants dead. In the Darfur region, the situation seems to be getting worse, with thirty-two thousand displaced during December 2010 and claims of attacks by the Sudan Armed Forces.

Further, the Khartoum government recently expelled a French humanitarian aid organization, Medecins du Monde, accusing it of spying and supporting a Darfur rebel group. Khartoum levied similar accusations against major aid organizations in March 2009. In Abyei, the disputed oil rich state straddling the north and the south, three people were also  killed this week. With the mainstream media coverage dwindling, the international community must  continue to be vigilant about Sudan, and that means being prepared to pressure the parties to adhere to the CPA.

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