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Sudan Border Region Revolts

Rebels in Nuba Mountains want independence for their non-Muslim region
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2011 7:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Just days before southern Sudan is poised to break away and form a new country, ending decades of civil war and bloodshed, new fighting is breaking out in the north's Nuba Mountains along the north-south border, reports the New York Times. The Sudan government is desperate to keep the oil-rich region, which is in South Kordofan, along the border with the breakaway south, but rebels are stepping up their military campaign for independence.

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“The government is trying to control and take care of the people for peace and security and actually defeat and remove all the traces of rebels from the area,” said a government spokesman. “We are not against the people." But rebel fighters, who are overwhelmingly not Muslims, unlike the northern government, are not backing down. “We want a secular, democratic state where we can be free to rule ourselves. Like Kurdistan," said a doctor-turned-rebel. "It’s going to be a long war.” (Read more Sudan stories.)

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