Last month, Sudanese government forces launched another offensive in Darfur’s Jebel Mara, a mountainous rebel stronghold with an estimated population of more than 100,000 people. By all accounts, the government forces went on a rampage: aerial and ground attacks have reportedly destroyed 47 villages and killed dozens of civilians since January 15, 2016. The United Nations estimates at least 73,000 people have fled their homes. As in the past, Sudan has blocked access to the area by humanitarian agencies and peacekeepers.
February 17, 2016