Sudan: May 26, 2002


Sudan, besides having a long-running civil war with the SPLA in the south and several northern resistance factions, also experiences bouts of other tribal violence. On several occasions StrategyPage has reported bandit activity or trouble with nomadic herdsmen. The herdsmen long preceded European-style national boundaries and they are tough to track. AFP recently reported on a Sudanese government (Khartoum) announcement that 63 Sudanese herdsmen were killed in what was described as tribal clashes. The battles occurred in the Central African Republic (CAR). Apparently a rumor that a Sudanese had killed the relative of a CAR official kicked off the clash. More likely, the battle was a fight over water rights or an attempt to settle an old score. These tribal clashes actually occur with some frequency, but go unreported because journalists and NGO aid organizations are not present. No one is around except the nomads. The word filters back, though, sometimes through NGO medical channels (and where did you get this wound?) or government police networks. (Austin Bay)


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