BY: ADAM JACOBI
I worked in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains as a humanitarian. It was in 2011 just months before the secession of South Sudan. The scorching heat was thick with tension. What would happen to the Nuba people, who were not in favour of President Bashir and his leadership? The 2005 peace agreement wasn’t cooked to deal with them. I was there to work with protection of the people’s rights. During the week I left, an open conflict arose with indiscriminate bombing of the civilian population. Russian Antonov bombers dropped heavy bombs from their shiny metal bellies from high altitude. Already in staggering poverty, the Nuba people are now largely living in fear hiding in caves. Many have been killed. Journalists and humanitarians have had extremely limited access. Since 2011 the situation in South Sudan has been deteriorating.