Our Reports

August 08, 2013

Darfur is burning again, with devastating results for its people. A kaleidoscope of Janjaweed forces are once again torching villages, terrorizing civilians, and systematically clearing prime land and resource-rich areas of their inhabitants. The latest ethnic-cleansing campaign has already displaced more than 300,000 Darfuris this year and forced more than 75,000 to seek refuge in neighboring Chad, the largest population displacement in recent years.

August 06, 2013
The human rights and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei continues to worsen. The long history of rebellion and inter-ethnic clashes in Jonglei has evolved into three overlapping crises: major intercommunal attacks between Murle and Lou Nuer militias, which have led to thousands of deaths and displacements; anongoing destructive rebellion led by David Yau Yau; and major human rights abuses committed by South Sudan’s army against Murle civilians. The suffering of Jonglei’s civilian population is intensifying from the continuing violence and a lack of access to humanitarian assistance.
The US government estimates that more than 100,000 civilians are currently displaced.
July 17, 2013
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Recent DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of the border shared by Sudan and South Sudan shows that the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, maintains military units within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone in violation of the two countries’ September 2012 agreement to remove all armed forces from the Zone.
As of July 6, 2013, two of the three earthen-bermed military installations at al Miqenis (El-Seriha) in Sudan’s South Kordofan state remain active.
June 14, 2013
Despite their pledges to the contrary, DigitalGlobe satellite imagery acquired in May and June 2013 over portions of the demilitarized zone border proves that both countries were still in violation of their bilateral agreement in at least 14 locations within the zone. The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, is monitoring Sudan and South Sudan’s shared border and tracking adherence to pledges from both countries to withdraw all troops to their respective sides, creating a 12.4 mile, or 20 kilometer, wide demilitarized zone.
June 10, 2013
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Civilians in South Kordofan, Sudan, continue to bear the brunt of the recent escalation in hostilities between the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front, or SRF, in this case comprised of forces from the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N and the Darfurian Justice and Equality Movement, or JEM, and the government Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF. Two paradigmatic examples are the warring parties’ struggle over strategic garrison towns that led to the burning of Ad Dandour and the repeated indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas in Abu Kershola.
June 03, 2013
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The Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, is now using elephant poaching as a means to sustain itself.
May 09, 2013
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Ten years after reports of janjaweed militias committing atrocities at the behest of the Sudanese government first propelled Darfur into the headlines, state-sponsored abuses continue in Sudan's troubled western region. Although conflict never really stopped  in Darfur, since January 2013, escalating waves of violence have plunged the region into the worst humanitarian crisis in years. As U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has noted, over five times as many people have been displaced in the first few months of 2013 than in the entirety of the previous year. Over 150 villages have been burned and the U.N.

May 07, 2013
Caught Red-Handed

The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has secured unique independent evidence of the failure of Sudan and South Sudan to meet obligations to withdraw their troops in two potential hot spots along their shared border: Heglig, also known as Panthou,and Kiir Adem. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery confirms that as of April 14, 2013, both countries’ armed forces were maintaining defensive installations within the agreed-upon demilitarized buffer zone along their shared border. To date, neither the joint border-verification mechanism established by both countries, nor the U.N. peacekeeping mission tasked with monitoring the demilitarized buffer zone has detected these violations.

April 03, 2013
Architects of Atrocity

Over the past two years, the Enough Project and the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, have used DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and on-the-ground research to gather information that could serve as evidence of the Sudanese government’s responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity in its South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The level and extent of evidence set out in our reports supports referring the situation in Sudan’s two southern states to the International Criminal Court, or ICC, for further investigation and prosecution.

March 15, 2013
Map of Current Disposition of SAF

Analysis of DigitalGlobe imagery from an oil-producing area on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, dated March 5, 2013, indicates an increase in Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, including the arrival of additional tanks and two Mi-24 helicopter gunships. The imagery is of a SAF position at Heglig, a region in South Kordofan, Sudan, which South Sudan claims lies within its territory.