May 28, 2012
Conditions in rural east Sudan are very poor. Why are other Sudanese and those in the international community unaware of such conditions?
[We think] that near-complete lack of media coverage and documentation, high illiteracy rates in rural areas, and lack of skills among newer generations due to low levels of education, are all factors contributing to this obscurity and lack of information.
Furthermore, the rapid expansion and development of the larger and central cities of the East reflect a false impression about the actual situation in the region. Port Sudan is an ideal example of the blatant contradiction between the city and the huge surrounding tin towns the margins, and the rural areas of the Red Sea in general.
Thus, the goal of this article is to draw attention to what many are oblivious to in East Sudan, and to provide a database that will serve to direct research efforts towards these issues, with the main target being civil society as well as media, both inside and outside Sudan.
The article is divided into a prelude followed by nine points which are as follows:
1. Threats to stability in the East
2. The implementation of the East Peace Agreement
3. Human rights in the East
4. The main active powers in the region and their influences
5. The tribal system
6. The Egyptian and Ethiopian invasion of Halaib and Al Fashqa
7. The case of East Sudan in the context of Sudan’s other crises
8. The relationship with neighboring Eritrea
9. Recommendations for the national and international civil society, and media in dealing with East Sudan’s Crisis.
Read it all.