Flashpoint: Abyei

Audrey Banks, Lars Bromley, UNITAR/UNOSAT, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Human Rights Documentation Team for the Satellite Sentinel Project, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative DigitalGlobe provided satellite imagery and additional analysis for this report
Published: 
Mar 2011

The human security situation in the Abyei region of Sudan has rapidly deteriorated in the past week due to renewed violence. Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed through the analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery that buildings consistent with civilian infrastructure appear to have been intentionally burned Maker Abior and Todach villages. Some 100 people in the Abyei region have reportedly died in the clashes to date. According to the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), tens of thousands of civilians have either been displaced by fighting or fled due to fear of further attacks.

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