Totten Describes Situation in Nuba Mountains
Beginning with initial attacks in July 2011, the Government of Sudan has bombed people of the region and attacked them on the ground. Troops have killed many innocent civilians, including children and infants, and forced between 200,000 and 300,000 people further into the Nuba Mountains, where they face starvation.
Without food or ready access to water, a massive number of people are suffering from malnutrition. A smaller but still significant number are suffering from severe malnutrition, and an untold number have literally starved to death. Each and every day, more die horrifically painful deaths and are buried in the dusty graves carved out along mountain slopes.
Human rights organizations, activists and various scholars have repeatedly called on both the United Nations and the United States to, at the least, establish a humanitarian corridor in order to transport food and medical supplies to the hundreds of thousands in need. In late March, rumors circulated that the Obama administration was actually considering such a possibility, but all the talk resulted in naught.
Nuba Mountains people are so desperate that they are walking for days without food or water in an effort to reach the Aida Refugee Camp in South Sudan. As many as 25 to 40 people or more are dying each day as thousands make this desperate journey.