Anti-mining protests in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

Nuba protest

For the past several weeks, residents of Sudan’s conflicted Nuba Mountains have waged a¬†protest campaign¬†demanding the closure of unregulated gold mines in the region. Villagers from the communities of¬†Talodi and Kalog, South Kordofan state, have been holding a sit-in outside one of the facilities, where they charge cyanide is contaminating local water sources. The mining operation is said to be protected by fighters from the¬†Rapid Support Forces paramilitary headed by warlord Mohammed Hamdan Dagolo AKA “Hemeti,” who is owner of the facility.¬†Twelve people were killed by security forces at another gold mine near Talodi in April.¬†The sit-in has won the support of the Sudanese Professionals Association, the main force behind nationwide protests that toppled strongman Omar Bashir earlier this year. Sit-ins have also spread to other areas affected by cyanide gold mining, including in Sudan’s Northern State, Radio Dabanga reports. (Middle East Eye, Sept. 26)

Photo: Radio Dabanga