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Sudan's Nuba People Flee Attacks
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The Nuba Mountains of Sudan’s South Kordofan province are facing attacks by President Omar al-Bashir’s Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and other militia. A United Nations report charges that war crimes and "especially egregious" atrocities are being committed within the region and it urges an investigation into the situation.

According to numerous reports, Bashir's government in Khartoum is using the SAF to attack Nubians and to force them out of the Nuba Mountains due to the Nuba peoples' loyalties to the newly independent South Sudan.

The current conflict in South Kordofan has displaced more than 70,000 people. 


Trevor Snapp is a freelance photographer who works in East African and based in Juba, Sudan. He has produced work for The Guardian, BBC.com, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler.

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A Sudanese woman and her child take shelter in caves as a bomber passes the Nuba Mountains head on July 13, 2011.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Sudan’s bombing raids as “disproportionate force.” Many Nuba people are living in the caves as it is the only refuge from the attacks.

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A house destroyed by a Sudan Armed Forces bombardment in a remote village on July 13, 2011. The attack killed one man and sent the entire village fleeing into the nearby mountains.

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Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir's government is resisting U.S. and UN aid.
Sudanese children take shelter in caves in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan province as government bombers pass overhead on July 13, 2011. Thousands of people from the Nuba region have fled to caves after repeated attacks by Sudan government forces on civilian areas.

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Rebel soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-North) inspect a large crater caused by bombing runnings near the Kauda airstrip in South Kordofan province on July 6, 2011.

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Nuba children take shelter in caves as a Sudan Armed Forces Antonov bomber passes overhead on July 13, 2011.

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Rebels from the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-North) near Dalami, South Kordofan province, show off a rocket propelled grenade launcher they captured in a recent battle with the northern Sudan Armed Forces.

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So far the regime has refused urges by The Arab League, the U.S., and the UN to allow aid. The government seems determined to continue its bombing campaign.
An elderly Nuba woman prepares food for her family while her sick husband holds their grandchild in a cave in the Nuba Mountains on July 13, 2011.

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A military truck in the destroyed town of El Hamra on the outskirts of Kadugli on July 7, 2011. Fierce fighting has broken out between the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-North) and the Sudan government's Sudan Armed Forces (SAF).

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Egyptian soldiers at the United Nations base in Kauda in the Nuba Mountains on July 6, 2011. Many South Kordofan residents are angry with the U.N. for failing to protect civilians and for allegedly working with Sudan's Khartoum government.

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Sudanese women at a church service in the Nuba Mountains on July 10, 2011.

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A women cries during a church service in the Nuba Mountains on July 10, 2011.

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In order to make their vehicles less visible from the air, rebel SPLA-North soldiers smear mud on pickup trucks before driving through areas recently bombed by the Sudan Armed Forces on July 15, 2011.

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Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-North) troops drive a newly converted Landcruiser through the Nuba Mountains. SPLA-North forces have chopped the tops off the vehicles so they can shoot out of them in preparation for a prolonged conflict.

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A dead Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) soldier lies on the edge of the road in El Hamra on the outskirts of Kadugli on July 7, 2011, where fierce fighting continues between the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North and the government SAF forces.

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Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North soldiers near Dalami show off weapons including a battle wagon they captured in a recent battle against SAF troops on July 13, 2011.

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Sudan civilians injured in bombing attacks travel home on July 7, 2011. Sudan's Nuba people are afraid to return home, but say they have no choice.

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A Sudanese family plants corn on their land in the Nuba Mountains after returning from living in caves in the hillsides on July 10, 2011. Bombing campaigns against civilians have interupted the planting season as many people flee to the hills to hide in the caves. "We are afraid of the bombs, but if we don't plant we will die anyway," said the father.

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A machine gun belonging to a soldier from the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North sits on the ground outside a home on July 15, 2011.

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