South Sudan has been a ground of battle with lots of tension and a New DigitalGlobe satellite imagery acquired by the Satellite Sentinel Project shows destruction to civilian dwellings and market areas in Mayom and Bor. The images also reveal the human suffering of the expanding crisis in South Sudan.
According to the United Nations 395,000 people have been displaced by violence, and the International Crisis Group estimates as many as 10,000 people may have been killed since fighting began.
George Clooney, Satellite Sentinel Project Co-Founder, said:
“Imagery from South Sudanese locations such as Bor and Mayom shows extensive damage to civilian areas caused by government and rebel forces.
Evidence of atrocities against civilians should be collected and used for future prosecution for war crimes. There will be no peace if massive human rights abuses can be committed with no accountability. This time in South Sudan there needs to be an end to impunity.”
THE SATELLITE IMAGE GALLERY
Based on the images taken on January 10 above show civilians fleeing violence and widespread destruction to the town. Imagery from December 30 shows evidence of the destruction to several pieces of equipment, including oil storage tanks, in the strategically significant oil fields near Teshwin in Unity state. Civilians who fled violence in Mayom and sought refuge at the UNMISS compound in Bentiu are now facing another round of fighting in Bentiu.