Our Reports

February 04, 2014
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New DigitalGlobe satellite images acquired on February 2, 2014 confirm at least one violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed by South Sudan's combatant forces less than two weeks ago.
January 24, 2014
As South Sudanese combatants signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa on Thursday, January 23, new images from the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, confirmed the systematic and intentional destruction of civilian homes in the town of Bentiu and across other parts of Unity state.  DigitalGlobe images of Bentiu, Mayom, and Khor Bwow and small villages along the road between Bentiy and Mayom all document widespread destruction.
Satellite photographs from January 19 of Khor Bwow, a small riverbed area northeast of Bentiu, show 399 torched dwellings believed to have been used for shelter by pastoral groups with herds of livestock.
January 12, 2014
For the past month, South Sudan has been engulfed in an expanding civil war. Unlike Sudan, where the Satellite Sentinel Project pioneered its work, with a few limited exceptions, South Sudan’s government has been allowing both journalists and humanitarians to operate around the country, even as violence spreads. As a result, harrowing videos, interviews, and photographs documenting the crisis have been emerging for weeks.
January 09, 2014
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Testimony of John Prendergast, Co-Founder of Enough Project
Senate Foreign Relations Committee 
The Situation in South Sudan
Thank you, Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Corker, for the opportunity to testify at this turning point for South Sudan. The full committee's dedicated attention to this issue is very helpful.  This body – including your predecessors Senators Kerry and Lugar – has played a pivotal role in the development of U.S. policy on both Sudans, and it is good that is continuing.   
I would like to focus my prepared remarks on the way forward for South Sudan. The U.S.
November 22, 2013

The Satellite Sentinel Project has secured independent evidence of the Sudanese government’s large-scale ongoing offensive against the Sudan Revolutionary Front, or SRF. DigitalGlobe analysts’ review of troop disposition over key garrisons across Sudan confirms the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, have forward deployed across the country and are positioned for attack. On November 17, 2013, DigitalGlobe satellites confirmed fighting in the Abu Zabad area. Ground sources report that Abu Zabad’s proximity to a major east-west railway line makes it a strategic juncture for supply lines. This satellite imagery shows clear evidence of destruction from active hostilities and craters from aerial bombardment in the town.

November 15, 2013

Our partner the Enough Project has released a needs assessment conducted by anonymous researchers with access to rebel-held parts of Sudan’s South Kordofan state. An independent humanitarian expert has endorsed the methodology of the study, “Life in the Nuba Mountains” which paints a holistic picture of a place where internationals are not given permission to enter.

October 22, 2013

Correction: An earlier version of this report attributed aircraft participating in a UNISFA troop rotation at Kadugli Air Base to the Sudan Armed Forces. Since the signature visual identifiers of SAF helicopters match those of United Nations aircraft, imagery analysts find it difficult to distinguish between the two. 

September 30, 2013
New satellite imagery of the border area between Sudan and South Sudan shows that neither government has fulfilled international obligations to demilitarize their shared border. Despite public recommitments made by both presidents in early September 2013, Sudanese and South Sudanese forces retain military units within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ), including areas that are still subject to border dispute. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery shows that Sudan has kept a military presence along the border at six locations with 14 occupied positions. Sudan appears to have made an effort to remove or relocate some units positioned inside the SDBZ, but only the unit at Radom appears to be vacated.
September 10, 2013
The Satellite Sentinel Project has secured independent confirmation of the aerial bombardment of a Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) military installation in Jau town in South Sudan’s Unity State (Figure 1). The South Sudanese army’s continued occupation of Jau, which is located within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) straddling the two countries’ contested border, is a violation of the two countries’ recent recommitment to abide by security arrangements.
August 27, 2013
DigitalGlobe imagery indicates that Sudan has acquired at least three Su- 24 (“Fencer”) supersonic precision bomber aircraft in recent months.