March 7, 2006 interview, and conversations in the following month

Interview with Ummassar Ali Juma'a. Ummassar is a Member of the South Kordofan Parliament, she is also widow to the late Yousif Kuwa Mekki. Read on

March 11 , 2006

Interview with Mannal Idam. Mannal is a young woman from the Ajang Mountains. We had just a brief interview in which she expressed her feelings about the present situation. I think she might have had much more to say... Read on


March 21, 2006

Interview with Tunan Isa Teleb and Yuwil Manur Kafi. Tunan and Yuwil remembered me from previous journeys. They were neighbors once, in their home village Dar, and now they are both stationed with the Joined Military Units.

The forces will be integrated one day, but it hasn't happened yet. I won't mind working together with people of the Government army: I am happy with the peace. It brings development, and the suffering people can take a rest. Read on

March 24, 2006

Interview with Mohanna Bashir Kalo. Mohanna is heading the Customary Land Security Office in Kauda. His work is crucial to the future of the Nuba people. Read on

March 24 , 2006

Interview with Jason Matus, a senior technical advisor on the Nuba Mountains. He gives a rather candid analysis of the situation in South Kordofan. Read on


March 26, 2006

interview with Faizal Adam Abdelwahi, an SPLA Medic. Read on

March 27 , 2006

Interview with Muluk Ruya. During the war Muluk planted landmines for the SPLA. Now he has resigned from the army to start his own demining company. Read on


March 30, 2006

Interview with Asha Kafi Kuwasu Kuku. Asha was one of fourteen girls who served in Yousif Kuwa's bodyguard. Read on

April 1, 2006

Interview with Neroun Philip Aju Kuku, former head of NRRDO, now Minister of Rural Development and Water Resources in South Kordofan

Neroun Philip relates how he went to Darfur in 1991, to bring the war to the West and how he became head of NRRDO. He talks openly about the things that went wrong, about corruption and other difficulties he had to face, and of his succes. Read on

April 2, 2006

Interview with Brigadier Jagod Makwar Narada

Brigadier Jagod has been fighting in the Nuba Mountains since 1989; he witnessed some of the most fierce battles, like the battle of Tulishi. But he is more than a fighter. By clever deception he managed to buy the SPLA precious time in 1993, when the soldiers had no ammunition left to fight the Government army. Today he is commanding the Fourth Front: the SPLA in the Nuba Mountains. Brigadier Jagod is also a man who knows how to tell a story... Read on

April 2, 2006

Interview with Lieutenant Colonel John Ambaddi. John Ambaddi is an SPLA officer working to demilitarize the child soldiers in the Nuba Mountains. Read on

April 4, 2006

Interview with Colonel Kuku Jazz Kuwa.

I would like to talk about the differences between the war time and the peace time, but the war is not over yet. People talk about peace but they have not reached a real solution. So I will talk about the side of the war. Read on

April 4, 2006

Interview with Tia Tutu Meskin.

Tia grew up in atraditional part of the Nuba Mountains. He went to Khartoum to earn some money. Later he joined the SPLA and is now a security officer. Read on


April 4, 2006

Interview with Mudir Batallah Kapitulek. As the head of Yousif Kuwa's bodyguard, Mudir didn't get much sleep. Now he's responsible for all the information related to the integrated forces. . Read on


April 5, 2006

Interview with Zahara Bashir Tutu. Zahara works as a nurse and a midwife in the Nuba Mountains. She talks about her work during the war. Read on

April 5, 2006

Interview with Abdollai Kafi Tia

Abdollai draws pictures of life in the Nuba Mountains on kalebases and gourds. Read on

April 5, 2006

Interview with Adil Ahmed elBishari Abdelmajid. Bus driver Adil is an Arab but he is also a member of the SPLM. Read on

April 7, 2006

Interview with Musa Kuwa Idris. Musa helped to smuggle SPLA recruits to Ethiopia, at the risk of his own life. He tells about his personal involvement with candour. Read on

April 7, 2006

Interview with Marga Nasr Juma'a. Her tribe is the Missirya. Her relatives were displaced by the war. Now she works to improve the situation of woman and children in South Kordofan. Read on

April 7, 2006

Interview with Safa´a Fadl Rahamtalla. She is also from the Missirya. She´s an MP in South Kordofan for the NCP; she talks about the reasons for the war and about the way ahead. Read on

April 7, 2006

Interview with Colonel Ahmed Belga. Ahmed Belga is the SPLM Police Director for South Korodfan. He talks about his youth, about the process of becoming aware of the problems in Sudan, and of his current work.

At that time slaves still existed in the North. My father was black. One day he said to me: "I have faced some problems that might have influenced my mentality, but you grew up with your colleagues here; this is your life. Don't try to be like me." Read on

April 8, 2006

Interview with Martin Hassan Juma'a. Martin is a young business man from the Nuba Mountains. He has an office in Guangzhou in China, he speaks Russian and Dutch. he is also a nephew to the late Yousif Kuwa. Read on

October 8 , 2006

Interview with Eskiel Kuku Talodi. Eskiel is the commander of the Southern Mountains. We met in 1997, when I celebrated Christmas with the people of Tabanya, we met again in 1998 and in 2000, and this time I went to visit him at home near his headquarters in Frandalla.

"We hadn’t even thought of joining the SPLA, but we were arrested all the same. They threw us in jail and they tortured us. I have a friend who cannot feed himself because the soldiers cut of both his hands." Read on

April 10, 2006

Interview with Gibrail Ismael Kuwa. Gibrail was Mek of Burham for eight years, during the most difficult years of the war.

"I want to thank you because the writings and photos of you and others reflected the problems of the Nuba to the outsid world; those writings and photos braught peace to the Nuba Mountains." Read on

April 10, 2006

Interview with Fatma Kuku Dowd

Fatma recognised me from my stay in Tabanya. She is now living in Frandella. She is a simple woman, her´s is a simple story. Read on

April 15, 2006

Interview with Philip Abbas Ghabush. Father Philip was the embodiment of the Nuba struggle for justice, active in the Anya Nya I and intrumental in connecting the Nuba and the Southerners in SPLA. He passed away on February 4, 2008. Read on

March 13 and April 15, 2006

Interview with Governor Ismael Khamis Jelab

As Governor of Southern Kordofan State, Ismael Khamis Jelab has to get the SPLM and the NCP to cooperate after 18 years of war. The Nuba people expect the Governor to deliver progress, change and development.

In an interview with Nanne op 't Ende, Ismael Khamis talks about the many challenges his Government has to face. Read on

April 17and 18, 2006

Interview with Daniel Kodi Angelo Comba. Kodi, Sudan's Minister of Animal Resources and Fishery, is one of SPLM's most prominent Nuba. In a three hour interview he talks about his life and about the present situation in Sudan, with remarkable frankness. Read on

April 18, 2006

Interview with Ibrahim Bellendia. Once a Komolo member, Bellendia joined the National Congress Party, and became speaker of the South Kordofan State Assembly. Read on

August 12, 2006

Interview with Jack Picone

Jack Picone is an award winning photographer with a great CV. He made two trips to the Nuba Mountains, in 1994 and in 1996. In this interview he tells more about his experiences there, about his work and about the role of photographers in general.

I feel it would be delusional and naive if a photographer thought his or her photographs would or could change the world. But to have an impact at times: I believe this is still alive and well. Read on

August 19, 2006

Interview with Koang Tut Jing

Koang is a Nuer who joined the SPLM at age seven or eight. He fought together with the Nuba and talks about his experiences.

I want the SPLM/A leadership to stick to its vision and objectives. I want them to protect individuals from Nuba who offered themselves to suffer in the bush for the freedom of all, and not to leave them suffer in the hands of opportunistic Nuba who didn't fire a single bullet. Read on

October 8 , 2006

Interview with Yasuhiro Kunimori. Kunimori is a Japanese photographer whose travels took him to the Nuba Mountains in 2005. He talks about his work and about his trip. Read on

October 22 , 2006

Interview with Antonio Cores Uria. Antonio travelled to the Nuba Mountains in 1976, together with his wife and son. He stayed for eight months. He returned in 1979 and in 1980. His story is extraordinary and the photos he took are beautiful. Presently he is supporting a medical clinic in Kurkuriya. Read on

October 29 , 2006

Interview with Suleiman Musa Rahhal. Since 1991 Suleiman Musa Rahhal has worked relentlessly to bring the Nuba cause to the attention of the international community. Read on.

November 15 , 2006

Interview with David Stewart Smith. David is a British photographer who was in the Nuba Mountains in 1995 and in 1999. He had a rough time, cetainly during the first trip. Read on

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