Activists: Sudan forces burned, looted border village

By REUTERS
October 16, 2012 06:02
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UNITED NATIONS - Sudanese security forces burned and looted a village in the Nuba mountains of South Kordofan state in May and filmed the attack, a monitoring group said on Tuesday, providing satellite images, cell phone video and witness accounts to back its claims.

The Satellite Sentinel Project, whose founders include Hollywood actor George Clooney and the Enough Project, said a joint unit of Sudanese police known as Abu Tira, the Sudan Armed Forces and the Popular Defense Forces militia attacked Gardud al Badry on May 18 and then bombarded it with artillery on July 29.

A spokesman for the Sudan Armed Forces was not immediately available to comment on the accusations.

Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast accused the Sudanese government of committing crimes against humanity through a campaign of targeted violence.

"We are seeing a repeat of Darfur without the international witnesses," Prendergast said in a statement. The United Nations has estimated that around 300,000 people may have died in the Darfur conflict. Sudan has put the toll around 10,000.

"Capturing the burning, razing, and looting ... on video and in satellite imagery adds to mounting, and undeniable, visual evidence of a pattern of indiscriminate attacks and destruction by the government of Sudan against its own people," he said.

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