Report: Lost Generation of Sudan

Posted by OBS Team on July 5th, 2014

Report: Lost Generation of Sudan

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Since June 2011, the government of Sudan has embarked on a systematic campaign of aerial bombings, forced denial of humanitarian aid to areas under control of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N), and ground attacks against the people groups of the Nuba Mountains. The catastrophe that has unfolded for over three years in this geographic area of Sudan — which resides in South Kordofan state just north of the Sudan and South Sudan border — has severely impacted hundreds of thousands of people and sent tens of thousands more fleeing to South Sudan.

On the evening of December 15, 2013, a chaotic and separate crisis in South Sudan erupted in the capital city of Juba following months of gridlock within the ruling political party, growing divisions amongst a handful of power-hungry leaders, and years of rampant corruption. Politically-motivated fighting quickly expanded along ethnic lines across broad areas of the country. This split sections of the national army and led to a rapid resurgence of armed militias. Fighters loyal to both sides commit atrocities.

A new crisis is now emerging that is similar to a shocking story that occurred during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005). A new generation of Sudanese children, this time from the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile areas are walking alone out of the conflict zone, now navigating the crisis in South Sudan, and arriving in makeshift refugee camps that have few or no services available to meet their needs. This flow of unescorted children began in 2011 and continues today. 

This report is based on 37 interviews Operation Broken Silence (OBS) staff conducted between May 22 – June 1, 2014 in South Sudan. Interviewees included children, community leaders, and Nuba-based humanitarian actors who could speak to the issues children impacted by this conflict face. 

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