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January 14, 2023

Reuters: Darfur rebels say attack govt town after bombings.  Darfur rebels said they attacked a government-held town in the Jabel Marra area of western Sudan on Wednesday in retaliation for army bombardment of their areas, a move likely to hinder peace talks set to open this month.  Tensions were already high in oil-producing Sudan which is gearing up for presidential, parliamentary and state governor elections in April.

Sudan Tribune: International drumming event held for Sudan peace.  American activists and Sudanese exiles on Saturday held a drumming event in the US capital, and demonstrated at the White House. The rally, timed to take place on the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), was part of a "global effort" in 15 countries to host drum circles for peace in Sudan.  Organizers said the day was meant to drum up support for the CPA, which will expire on January 9, 2011.

BBC News: Sudan President Bashir starts re-election bid.  Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir has been officially nominated to stand for president in April's election by his northern National Congress Party (NCP). The general election will be the first since the end of a two decade north-south civil war in 2005.  The southern SPLM party is expected to announce its candidate later this week.

Sudan Tribune: SLM-Abdel Shafi to participate in Darfur civil society meeting.  A Darfur rebel group announced today its participation at the upcoming consultation meeting with the civil society to be held in Doha next week but asked to delay peace talks with Khartoum.  The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Ahmed Abdel Sahafi confirmed on Monday its participation at the consultative meeting between rebel groups and the civil society scheduled for January 18. 

The following opinion piece appeared in The Jurist by Lyric Thompson: Status of women must be addressed for lasting peace in Sudan.  Last week Sudan celebrated an ironic anniversary. In name only, it was the fifth anniversary of peace - specifically, the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA), the official armistice signed to end one of Africa's longest-running civil wars in 2005. The CPA was supposed to signal the end of a war that is estimated to have displaced 4 million and claimed the lives of over 2 million, infamous for a brutal campaign of rape. Yet residents of Africa's largest country know today's Sudan is far from peaceful. "After the CPA we celebrated; we thought it was over," says Karak Mayik, country director for the humanitarian and development aid organization Women for Women International, "but every year since, the violence has been rising. Things are not fine in Sudan."

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