A small blogpost (or just watch the videos) about things happening North from where I currently am (that is Juba, South Sudan)…
Blue Nile and South Kordofan in pictures and sound
Here’s a few documentaries, which tells the stories of Blue Nile and South Kordofan in an understandable, horrific and somehow beautiful way:
The Bombing Campaign; about Nuba Mountains (also South Kordofan) – ONLY 5 min’s and worth it: http://nubareports.org/sudans-bombing-campaign/
Blue Denial; about Blue Nile (15 min’s): https://vimeo.com/75141981
Eyes and Ears of God; about South Kordofan (95 min’s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds8wlgwsmhM&list=PL61773FC2FF46F738
(I watched this one before travelling to South Sudan and actually had to turn it off a couple of times, because it is relatively tough to watch! Puts life in perspective I guess…)
The hidden genocides of Sudan…
I won’t write much in this post as someone else in many ways have found better ways to tell the stories of the insecurities causing deaths and displacements over vast areas along the border between Sudan and South Sudan… (also refer to my own blogpost: It’s a hard knock life…)
The border areas of Blue Nile, South Kordofan, Abyei and South Darfur are all areas of conflict, aerial bombardments and starvation – did you know? ‘Cause not a lot of people do!
Especially Blue Nile and South Kordofan are passed over for other conflicts in the media, while people suffering through their second hidden war jostle to understand where the international community are…
Those who live as refugees here in South Sudan likewise struggle to survive as their status as refugees doesn’t allow them to work and many people live in camps with very few opportunities to live a dignified life…
The people from within the areas are all looking for peace, but I’m not sure if I believe it to happen in any near future – I hope and will keep up hope just like they do!