Write to David Cameron
The Right Honourable David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
Dear Prime Minister,
RE: Urgent humanitarian access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan
I write regarding the Sudan regime’s deliberate persecution of the non-Arab ethnic groups in its Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Over 200,000 Sudanese people have fled across international borders to escape aerial bombardment, meanwhile an estimated half million people have been displaced internally, with thousands hiding in caves in the Nuba Mountains, unable to reach their farm land and therefore surviving on insects and leaves. If shrapnel does not kill them, then starvation will, despite the famous resilience of the Nuba people, remarked upon by Churchill when he visited them as a young man.
Despite its promises to the contrary, the Khartoum regime denies there is a humanitarian problem in the region and refuses to allow international aid agencies access. I therefore urge you to use the UK’s position on the UN Security Council and within the trio of states concerned with the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement, to exert pressure on Khartoum to enable immediate unhindered humanitarian access.
It is estimated that in the month of November 2012 alone the Sudan air force dropped 330 bombs on civilian targets in the Nuba Mountains. If long term peace is to be achieved, there must be a ceasefire followed by direct talks involving all parties to the conflict. Thus the UN Security Council must resolve to enforce a no-fly zone over Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Otherwise negotiations and yet more promises from Khartoum are meaningless, and the killing will continue.
The UK's important and honourable role in the CPA must not be allowed to disintegrate at this stage for want of concerted international pressure on the Khartoum regime. Therefore I urge you to use the UK’s position in the international community to demand that Khartoum adheres to its previous promises and allows unhindered international aid access.