In Darfur, rebels stole a UNAMID (UN peacekeeper) truck carrying supplies
and weapons to a detachment of Chinese peacekeepers. Attempts to get the truck
back are complicated by the fact that the rebels are often moonlighting
bandits. It's often difficult to determine if an act of violence was committed
while the gunmen were in bandit or rebel mode. This is important, as the rebel
leaders at least pretend they have some control over their followers. The
bandits obey no one.
2008: In South Sudan, at least 23 people
died in an airplane crash. South Sudan's minister of defense, Lieutenant
General Dominic Dim Deng, was among the victims. The situation in southern
Sudan is already tense, as the national census is under way.
2008: North and South Sudan forces agreed to another "pullback" deal from
disputed oil fields in Sudan's Unity State. The northern and southern troop
units will be replaced by a "mixed force" (joint North-South force) to patrol
the border area. Using jointly-manned forces in sensitive areas was part of the
2005 peace agreement, but actually deploying them has proved to be very
2008: The UN Security Council extended for one year the UN Mission in Sudan
(UNMIS) peacekeeping operation. The operation deployed in 2005 to support the
January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Sudan's national government
in Khartoum (really North Sudan) and Sudan's south. Since then the GOSS
(Government of South Sudan) has increasingly exercised more than regional
autonomy. The GOSS often acts a completely separate government. North and south
Sudan, however, meet in the oil fields, and more war would reduce the
2008: Sudan Air Force aircraft bombed several villages in North Darfur State.
At least three people were killed. The Sudanese Army denied that the air
attacks had occurred, but on May 2 a UN observer group confirmed that the
attacks had indeed occurred. In other words, the Sudanese military got caught
in another lie about attacks in Darfur.
2008: At least 120 have died in two armed clashes along the disputed
North-South Sudan border in Unity State.