March – November, 2001
In the ensuing months of fighting between Nuer rebels and the government’s Nuer militias, tens of thousands of civilians in Block 5A were uprooted. Indiscriminate bombing by the government of civilian targets. The use of Antonov aircraft. Popular targets were churches, schools and clinics run by the [Catholic] church.
Reference: HRW 2003: 41, 367; Southern African Catholic Bishops’ conference press statement, “Visit to Sudan by the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference,” Pretoria, South Africa, April 10, 2000; “Canadian minister condemns Sudan . . . ,” March 8, 2000; James Rubin, State Department briefing, “US Condemns Civilian Bombings in Sudan,” Washington, D.C., March 8, 2000.; “U.S. says Sudan bombed civilians, two dead,” Reuters, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2000