Satellites Show Evidence of Violence, Civilian Displacement in South Sudan

Satellite Sentinel Project Press Release
 
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Satellites Show Evidence of Violence, Civilian Displacement in South Sudan
 
WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released new analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery from May and June 2013 which documents destruction and abandonment of residential areas and civilian infrastructure in Pibor and Boma counties of South Sudan's restive Jonglei state, as a result of escalated violence. DigitalGlobe's Analytics Center says imagery also shows the expansion of SPLA presence in Pibor, where fighting between the SPLA was intense in May and July.
 
Satellite Sentinel Project and Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast states:
 
“The escalating humanitarian crisis for Jonglei’s civilian population demands stronger international action. Internally displaced persons face massive survival challenges as the height of the wet season approaches. The government of South Sudan must act swiftly to ease ethnic tensions, end rebel violence, hold accountable its own forces for abuses, and allow civilians access to emergency aid.  For its part, the international community must redouble efforts to get aid to the displaced and support efforts to bring an end to inter-communal and rebel hostilities.”
 
Enough Project Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar states:
 
“These satellite images offer a first glimpse of a mounting humanitarian crisis that has largely been unfolding in the dark due to impassable roads. Clashes between the South Sudanese army and the Khartoum-backed Yau Yau militia have emptied towns in Jonglei state and pushed an estimated 100,000 people into the bush during the height of the rainy season. Afraid of reprisals and abuse, Murle civilians are reluctant to return to their homes, complicating a humanitarian response already crippled by a lack of air assets and restrictions on aid agencies that have come under attack.”
 
Read the Satellite Sentinel Project’s “Situation Report: Evidence of Violence, Civilian Displacement in South Sudan's Jonglei State”: http://www.satsentinel.org/sites/default/files/reports/Violence-Civilian-Displacement-Jonglei-State.pdf
 
View or download the DigitalGlobe imagery on the Enough Project's Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/enoughproject/sets/72157634943471451/
 
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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