Human Rights Update: Concern over Protection of Civilians in Southern Kordofan: May 2014

(June 2014) During the month of May 2014, the government of Sudan (GoS) not only continued the intense military offensive that it began in April, it increased attacks on protected civilian objects, including medical facilities, schools, humanitarian infrastructure and agricultural activities.

Between 26 and 29 May, the Sudanese Air Force launched repeated bombing attacks against the undefended town of Kauda in Heiban County, Southern Kordofan (SK). As well as destroying numerous homes, the attacks caused extensive damage to the headquarters of the main humanitarian NGO operating in SK, and also damaged two schools and a village medical clinic. This represents the most intense sustained aerial bombardment of Kauda and its surrounding villages since the conflict began in 2011.