Satellite Imagery Confirms 13 Burned Villages in South Kordofan, Sudan

WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released a situation report, “Scorched Earth Near al Abassiya,” with DigitalGlobe satellite imagery showing the recent intentional  burning of 13 villages and a 31-square-mile (82 square kilometer) area of scorched earth in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan.

This imagery confirms media reports that  militia aligned with the government of Sudan deliberately burned 13 villages near al Abassiya town,  in the northeastern part of the war-torn border region of South Kordofan, from November 17-22, 2012.

“The two large areas of recently torched civilian huts, grassland, and crops are together approximately half the size of Washington, DC.,” said Enough Project Executive Director John C. Bradshaw. “The satellite imagery provides visual proof that, in violation of the laws of war, the government of Sudan continues its campaign of indiscriminate attacks and starvation warfare against the Nuba people. Concurrently, the Khartoum regime, led by indicted war criminals who pursued the same scorched earth strategy in Darfur, continues to blockade humanitarian relief to the Nuba people in Sudan’s border areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.”

New color infrared imagery, collected by SSP on November 26, 2012, shows visibly charred earth in two large areas, to the north and to the south of an area of civilian villages deliberately burned in early 2012. The two large, recently burned areas comprise 13 villages. Additional before-and-after satellite imagery details the destruction of  civilian infrastructure in two Nuban villages near Kamrogia, South Kordofan, Sudan.

Read the Satellite Sentinel Project report, “Scorched Earth Near al Abassiya”: http://www.satsentinel.org/report/scorched-earth-near-al-abassiya

View or download the DigitalGlobe satellite imagery on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/enoughproject/sets/72157632132642722/

About the Satellite Sentinel Project
The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, a partnership between the Enough Project and DigitalGlobe, conducts monitoring of the border between Sudan and South Sudan to assess the human security situation, identify potential threats to civilians, and detect, deter and document war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Enough Project provides field research, policy context, and communications strategy. DigitalGlobe provides imagery from its constellation of satellites and geospatial analysis from the DigitalGlobe Analysis Center. SSP is funded primarily by Not On Our Watch.