Jan. 16: The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) said today a joint rebel
force had captured another Sudanese army garrison - Gadamyeeb - north-east of
the town of Kassala as Khartoum declared an Islamic "holy war" to counter
17: An alliance of Sudanese rebels said today they were advancing towards
Kassala, a rich agricultural area in north-eastern Sudan. Fierce battles also
continued south-east of the hydro-electric dam of Damazin, on the Blue Nile,
which supplies the capital of Sudan with most of its power.
18: The Eritrean government has denied Sudanese claims that it is aiding
rebels who have made significant advances in the past week in the eastern part
of Sudan. In a statement released yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
qualified as "unfounded and baseless" claims by the government of Sudanese
President Omar el-Bashir that its forces had killed 250 Eritrean soldiers who
had penetrated Sudanese territory.
18: The SPLA said today a joint rebel force had captured the town of Maban on
the southern front of the Blue Nile region as the government poured in forces
to counter the rebel advance. SPLA told Reuters that rebels were now marching
18: Uganda today denied Sudanese allegations that it was massing troops on the
border ready to launch an attack on its northern neighbour and instead accused
Khartoum of harbouring expansionist ambitions. "These are the usual
allegations by Sudan against Uganda," Defence Minister Amama Mbabazi said.
19: The Sudanese government said today its army had pushed back attacks in the
east of the country, where it says Ethiopian forces invaded last Sunday. In
Cairo the opposition NDA, which says it is responsible for the attacks, denied
the government's account. "They are liars," opposition spokesman Farouq Abu
Eissa told Reuters.
19: Swiss-based Christian Solidarity International (CSI) said Antonov bombers,
helicopter gunships and ground troops had been razing villages in Blue Nile
20: The Sudanese opposition in Cairo said their troops in eastern Sudan killed
150 government soldiers in Blue Nile province today. "Our soldiers clashed
with the government troops north of our garrison in Keili - 100 km south of
Damazin - and they killed 150 of them," opposition spokesman told Reuters in
20: Sudanese opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi is visiting Saudi Arabia to make
a pilgrimage to Mecca and could meet Saudi government officials, sources close
to Mr. Mahdi said. But there was no indication that the Mr Mahdi would meet
Sudanese Vice President Al-Zubair Mohammed Saleh, who is due to arrive in
Saudi Arabia today.
21: President Hosni Mubarak today ruled out any intervention in Sudan, saying
fighting there pitted only the government against opposition forces. Sudan has
tried to secure Egyptian support amid warning from Khartoum that the attacks
on the Blue Nile region were threatening Egypt's Nile water resources.
21: SPLA said rebels from the NDA were 70 km outside Damazin and still
22: Former Sudanese prime minister Sadiq el-Mahdi called on the armed forces
and police today to overthrow the Islamist regime of General Omar el-Bashir.
22: John Garang said today his forces killed 300 government troops in a battle
south of the key eastern town of Damazin.
22: Hundreds of Sudanese war volunteers staged a rally in downtown Khartoum
yesterday to protest against what they called Eritrean and Ethiopian attacks
along the borders of Africa's largest country.
24: Sudan claimed today to have halted the rebel advance on the strategic
hydro-electric power station of Damazin.
24: Perceptions of Sudan as an Islamic fundamentalist State could hurt its
chances of avoiding expulsion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after
it defaulted on about US$1 billion in debt, an IMF official said. Jose Pedro
de Morais, an IMF alternate executive director for 20 African countries, said
Sudan defaulted last year on $5.5 million a month in repayments and the only
fair alternative to "compulsory withdrawal," -- expulsion - was to reschedule
25: The 24-member executive board of the IMF, meets on January 31 to review
Sudan's financial situation and may recommend that IMF-member countries vote
to remove the African state from the agency when they gather at the annual
meeting this fall.
27: The intensified armed conflict in Sudan over the past week has added to
the religious and political polarisation in Khartoum, with pro-opposition
students and Christian leaders opposing the holy war declared by the state.
Students have demonstrated in favour of the opposition National Democratic
28: Sudanese Justice Minister Abdel Bassit Sabdarat has vowed that
celebrations commemorating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan would
be held in the town of Kurmuk, which was recently captured by rebel troops.
28: Sudan said today it had attacked a rebel base near the southern border
with Uganda - Lokia, 75 km from the Ugandan border - opening another front in
the war against rebels trying to overthrow the Islamist government.
29: The Sudanese government said today the army was advancing against the
forces which attacked in the east of the country two weeks ago. Sudan is also
sending out more envoys to try to persuade other countries that it is the
victim of Ethiopian and Eritrean aggression rather than under attack by
29: Sudan's Islamic government slammed shut the doors of its most prestigious
university, exhorting its 20,000 students to the front. "A million martyrs for
a new era," went one cry. But only about 250 answered the call, professors and
students say, most of them obliged by virtue of their membership in Sudan's
February 1: President Yoweri Museveni said yesterday that Uganda and
neighbouring Sudan were on the brink of war, as Khartoum accused Kampala of
support for Sudanese rebels. President Museveni told reporters after meeting
European Commissioner Joao de Deus Pinheiro that there would be a
"battlefield" solution to crisis. Uganda claims Sudan is supporting
1: A top Sudanese official accused President Museveni of acting as a Trojan
horse for western colonisation in Africa.
3: "A huge build-up of Ugandan, Eritrean and Tigrayan (Ethiopian)
forces...have completed their plans to launch an attack on southern Sudan from
inside Uganda, " Culture and Information Minister Al-Tayeb Ibrahim Mohammed
Khair was quoted in the government Al-Sudan al-Hadith newspaper as saying.
5: Sudanese President Al-Bashir yesterday formally asked his Kenyan
counterpart to continue with his reconciliatory talks over the escalating
conflict in Sudan. Lt. Al-Bashir held talks with President Moi for one hour
at State House, Nairobi.
5: The Sudanese government said yesterday it would bring leading opposition
figures including former premier Sadiq al-Mahdi to trial for undermining the
6: Sudan has told a visiting delegation of Egyptian opposition leaders it
wants to improve strained relations with Cairo and that the fighting along
Sudan's eastern border threatens Egypt's security. "The Sudanese government
and the people are prepared to surmount the differences (because) the security
of Sudan is that of Egypt," said the Secretary General of Sudan's
decision-making national congress, Ghazi Salah Eddin Atabani.
6: Sudan said today Ethiopia had taken more than 15, 000 people captive since
its troops began fighting the Khartoum government in the southern Blue Nile
province more than three weeks ago.
7: The military commander of Sudan's northern Red Sea province has said
Eritrean forces are massing along the border between the two countries and
planning to attack.
15: Sudanese war planes have bombed Moyo in northern Uganda - about 12 km from
the Sudan border - killing one woman, the Ugandan government said.
16: Sudan has denied that its war planes attacked Moyo, and said that the
Ugandan claims were aiming at undermining Iranian mediation between the two
16: According to independent sources in Nairobi, 12 bombs were dropped
yesterday by Sudan government planes on the village of Aburok in
Upper Nile, the main base of SPLA-United (Dr. Lam Akol faction). No casualties
Is Sudan Government's fall imminent?
"Northern and Southern oppositionists have seized territory from the
and look capable of staying on the offensive," screams an article in a recent
issue of Africa Confidential. Is the end imminent for the National Islamic
According to the article in Volume 38 No.3 of the authoritative publication,
the strategy of oppositionists who launched their offensive on eastern front
early this year, "is to follow military successes with civilian uprising".
So far the Sudan People's Liberation Army led by Colonel John Garang, for many
years in control of most of southern Sudan, has captured Kurmuk, Geissan and
Maban on the Ethiopian border. A combination of SPLA and Sudan Alliance Forces
under Brigadier General Abdel Aziz Khalid Osman have seen the government
forces routed out of Yagoro-Yabashir-Menza triangle, about 80 kilometres
south-east of Damazin, the main source of hydro-electric power for Khartoum.
The response to the government's general mobilisation call has so far been
lukewarm and so has been the response from the international community.
Whereas for a great majority of the Sudanese the new offensive offers a
glimmer of hope in the struggle against an oppressive regime, the
international community views it as an internal affair that does not warrant
The mobilisation call, says the article, "produced only 1, 000 People's
Defence Force volunteers," adding that "eye witness saw security rounding up
youths on the streets, some as young as 15".
Perhaps, most damning external response to NIF's plea for international
support was that from Egypt, Sudan's immediate neighbour to the north and with
whom Sudan shares a lot of interests particularly the waters of the River
Nile. Said Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Musa: "The conflict in Sudan is caused
by the regime's policies and practices, which are unacceptable to the Sudanese
as well as the Arab states and the international community ...Egypt is siding
with the Sudanese people".
SCIO's Fr. Kizito scoops prestigious Italian award
Father Kizito Renato Sesana of Sudan Catholic Information Office (SCIO),
Nairobi, is the 1997 winner of Raoul Follereau Prize. Fr. Kizito, a priest-
journalist of the Comboni order, will be presented with the US$20, 000 Prize
at a ceremony in the central Italian city of L'Aquila on May 24.
Launched in 1985, the prestigious Raoul Follereau Prize, is every year awarded
by AIFO (Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau) to a person or a
group of persons who have worked in an exemplary way in the defence of human
rights and the edification of justice and the peace in the world. AIFO is an
Italian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with 53 groups in Italy. It is
present in 50 other countries where it runs a total of 164 projects.
The Prize was last year won by Monsignor Samuel Ruiz, bishop of San Cristobal
de las Casas in Mexico, for his actions in favour of liberation and justice
for the Mexican Indians.
The Prize is named after French man Raoul Follereau, who devoted his life to
the fight against leprosy. Follereau's efforts brought to the attention of the
world the plight of the victims of leprosy, launched a "World Leprosy Day",
promoted the treatment of hundreds of thousands of lepers around the world and
played a major role in the complete eradication of the dreaded disease in many
Seeing that the battle against leprosy was about to be won, Follerau urged the
members of the world wide association he had founded to shift their efforts to
the war against "other forms of leprosy" - indifference, human rights abuses
Fr. Kizito, who became a priest in 1970 has since his ordination spent most of
his life in Africa, ministering mainly among the marginalised and oppressed
communities. He has since 1988 been instrumental in writing about the Sudanese
in general and the Nuba in particular. The Nuba are a Central Sudanese
community, whose existence is threatened by a genocide by the Sudanese Islamic
In addition to the Prize money, Fr. Kizito is set to tour 10 Italian cities,
during which time he will deliver talks on the future of Africa, the war in
the Sudan, the genocide of the Nuba people and the need for a new information
order that will give the poor and the marginalised people the opportunity to
speak for themselves.
For further information, please contact:
Fr. Kizito, SCIO, tel +254.2.562247 - fax +254.2.566668 - e-mail: SCIO@MAF.Org