In the United Nations and other fora we have worked hard to maintain the international spotlight on human rights violations and other serious abuses in Sudan
. The United States continues to support important monitoring efforts to reduce abuses.
Large oil reserves were discovered in the Upper Nile region of southern Sudan
in the 1980s, and the government has earned an estimated $500 million annually from oil since it began exporting it in 1999.
Quite a few, however, were troubled by the alliance Bush struck with countries like Sudan
. "I'm forced to see it as the lesser of two evils," said David Servideo, 24, echoing the comments of others.
Lokichokio is the headquarters for United Nations operations in southern Sudan
; it's where you'll find all the news about developments in the warzone.
Fuelled by personal and ethnic rivalries, the conflict has killed tens of thousands, displaced an estimated quarter of South Sudan
's population of 12 million and ruined its economy that heavily relies on crude oil production.
Washington is involved in a five-track engagement process with the Sudan
over the permanent lift of sanctions on Sudan
Until the day that a just and comprehensive peace settlement is reached, the cold reality of the civil war in Sudan
is that the two parties will continue a policy of talk and fight.
Archbishop Marona described a new "people to people" peace initiative within the mostly southern Christian community in the Sudan
. "We are hoping to promote peace, love and unity among the Christians so that they love themselves.
The lightness of the sanctions imposed on Sudan
has, furthermore, had an important consequence for domestic Sudanese developments.
State Department estimates, some 17,000 boys were separated from their families and fled southern Sudan
in an exodus of biblical proportions after fighting intensified in 1987.
's Islamist military regime does its best to destroy each rebel landing site once it is discovered.