Our Reports

May 25, 2011

SSP confirms attacks on locations in Abyei by northern-aligned forces and provides first satellite imagery of invasion, including SAF air support.

April 19, 2011

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed that at least 356 structures in the town of el-Feid, located in the Nuba Mountains region of South Kordofan State, Sudan, have been razed. There is evidence that an area in Um Barmbita has also been burned, but no visible structures appear to have been destroyed. SSP cannot confirm based on the imagery collected whether the scorched area in Um Barmbita was intentionally burned. There is evidence of scorching at several points between and around the two communities, which are an estimated 15 to 20 kilometers apart. The razing of el-Feid underscores the rising tensions in the Nuba Mountain region as next month’s South Kordofan State gubernatorial elections approach.

April 08, 2011

In recent weeks, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed heavy offensive weaponry, including attack helicopters and tanks, at Muglad, the reported headquarters of the SAF’s 15th Division. These units include two helicopters consistent with Mi-24 Hind gunships, at least nine main battle tanks consistent with T-55s, and trucks consistent with support vehicles needed for the forward deployment of heavy armor.

March 22, 2011

The Satellite Sentinel Project has released imagery confirming the movement of additional forces backed by the Government of Sudan into the contested Abyei region. The latest imagery reveals the presence of fortified encampments inside Abyei near Bongo, Goli and Diffra, according to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and UNITAR/UNOSAT analysis of the DigitalGlobe satellite imagery. DigitalGlobe contributed additional analysis.

March 10, 2011

Following the recent razing of three villages, there has been increased military activity in and around the contested Abyei region of Sudan during the past week. Actors aligned with both the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) appear to have improved their defensive positions and mobilized additional offensive capacity, including, in one case, vehicles consistent with the transport of heavy armor.

March 08, 2011

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This emergency report analyzes DigitalGlobe satellite imagery indicative of the intentional destruction of Tajalei village in Sudan's contested Abyei region.

March 04, 2011

The human security situation in the Abyei region of Sudan has rapidly deteriorated in the past week due to renewed violence. Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed through the analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery that buildings consistent with civilian infrastructure appear to have been intentionally burned Maker Abior and Todach villages. Some 100 people in the Abyei region have reportedly died in the clashes to date. According to the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), tens of thousands of civilians have either been displaced by fighting or fled due to fear of further attacks.

February 15, 2011

Our first published report contains imagery and analysis of SAF deployments, artillery, and fortificatons at an outpost near Kharassana: http://www.satsentinel.org/press-release/first-satellite-images-available-saf-troop-deployments-near-sudans-volatile-north-south-border

Imagery from the report:

February 11, 2011

The Ahaliya University in Omdurman saw clashes between police and students who were staging an anti-government rally on January 30.  One student protester, Mohammed Abdulrahman, reportedly sustained fatal injuries inflicted by riot police.  His death was announced by fellow students on the social networking site, Facebook, and was confirmed by Yasir Arman, the top SPLM official in the north; however, Sudanese police have not confirmed any deaths resulting from the protests.

February 11, 2011

UN agencies reported that a returnee convoy was shot at while passing through Diffra on January 17.  Most returnees in convoys that have been subject to recent attacks in the Abyei region have reported that armed Misseriya were responsible for detaining and raiding the convoys. (Fick, Maggie. "Gunmen Attacked Southern Sudanese Returning Home In Convoys for Historic Vote". Associated Press 29. Jan. 2011.