Sudan's other crisis
Once their remoteness and inaccessibility made the Nuba Mountains a refuge in Sudan, offering sanctuary and protection to people fleeing persecution. Today, a lack of access has made the same mountains a deadly prison to hundreds of thousands trapped in a bitter struggle between the Sudanese military and rebel forces, with reports that the government is cluster-bombing its own people. If the cluster bomb reports are true, it is an outrage that must end. But we shouldn't have to wait until the bombs drop, or until a U.S. president visits the region, to be prompted into action. Ever since South Sudan's independence, this disputed border territory around the South Kordofan region has struggled to see vital humanitarian aid that is quite literally a lifeline. The moment supplies of vaccines and medicines stop flowing, lives are as good as lost. With that in mind, we need to start reading the signs and sound the alarm as soon as children are denied access to immunization, rather than waiting for the inevitable consequences.