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The two Sudans must come back to their senses
Dismas Nkunda
The Observer
6 May 2012
 
Dismas Nkunda is Co-Director of Uganda-based ICRtoP Steering Committee member International Refugee Rights Initiative.
 
There is a worrying war going on in Uganda’s northern neighbourhood of Sudan-South Sudan.
If the images coming from South Sudan, Africa’s youngest nation, are anything to go by, then there’s cause for fear. For the last few months, the two Sudans have been talking and making war. Khartoum’s President Omar el-Bashir, told a gathering that he would finish off “the insects” of the south.
 
In legal terms, that is regarded as hate speech with genocidal intentions. But coming from Bashir, who has an arrest warrant hanging above his head for committing similar crimes in Darfur, it isn’t surprising in the least.
 
These words, coming just days after the 18th commemoration of the Rwanda genocide, remind one of the words used in that country in 1994 when Hutu militias were urged to kill “all the cockroaches” in reference to the Tutsi.
 
It’s not only President Bashir who has raised the tempo in this war. Ahmed Harun, the governor of South Kordofan, was filmed addressing his troops and telling them to “take no prisoners.”
 
Like Bashir, Harun is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in Darfur. (…)
 
Meanwhile, war on the ground rages on.  Over 400,000 people have already fled South Kordofan and Blue Nile.  But the most disturbing aspect of the conflict is the aerial bombardments that have forced many to live in caves like animals. (…)
 
Last Wednesday, in resolution 2046, UN Security Council called upon Sudan and South Sudan to stop fighting and resolve their outstanding issues, or face possible sanctions. This war is not about the two Sudans alone.  This is a war that has the potential of engulfing all the other countries in the region.
 
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