CURRENT CRISIS IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS (SOUTH KORDOFAN)
After South Sudan gained its independence on July 9, 2011 the government in Khartoum began another brutal repression of the Nuba people living in South Kordofan. UN, and other reports, speak of mass killings of civilians, indiscriminate bombing, burning of churches and persecution of opponents to the Islamist regime led by the dictator Omar al-Bashir. Bashir is under indictment by the ICC for war crimes in Darfur. He is now recreating that genocide in the Nuba Mountains.
This crisis prevents Nuba Water Project from working on water projects in the Nuba Mountains at this time. We have turned our attention to the support of the Nuba people trapped in the conflict zone and refugees fleeing across the new border to South Sudan. Proceeds from the Walk for Sudan provided what survivors have told us are their most essential needs: water, medicine, salt, and soap.
SALT, SOAP, AND MEDICINE DELIVERED TO THE NUBA MOUNTAINS
Overcoming all obstacles, George Tuto, co-founder of Nuba Water Project, successfully delivered almost $20,000 of relief supplies to desperate people in Sudan. In 2011, a trip that was supposed to take three weeks stretched out to three months, as George wrestled with issues related to supplies, paperwork, transportation, and attacks by the Sudanese government on the people he aimed to help in the Nuba Mountains. This project was followed by another successful delivery in 2013.
Due to the continued government attacks on the people of the Nuba Mountains and the inability for Nuba Water Project to develop water infrastructure, we have turned our attention to other methods of providing clean water. Four successful deliveries of water pump repair kits were made between 2013 and 2016. In addition, Safe Water Drops (Safi) have been delivered on several occasions via people traveling from the U.S. to the Nuba Mountains.