On the Move: Evidence of Civilian Displacement and SAF Control of Kadugli

Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery collected 17 June 2011 confirms reports that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) control Kadugli and that civilians have been displaced to a location north of the town. More than 300 structures consistent with temporary shelters for IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) are visible close to the wall of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) compound. However, it is likely many more IDP structures are obscured by the heavy cloud cover visible in the imagery.

At least 89 military-type vehicles and possible towed artillery pieces are visible in Kadugli town, corroborating reports that large numbers of military vehicles recently arrived there. The vehicles and apparent artillery appear to include 20 possible towed artillery, 22 heavy and light trucks, nine apparent armored vehicles, and 38 light vehicles consistent with land cruisers. The vehicles and apparent towed artillery appear capable of imminent forward movement. Their disposition is largely consistent with UN documents obtained by McClatchy Newspapers indicating that a major northern-aligned offensive against forces aligned with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in South Kordofan may occur soon.